Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Harsher Side of Spring

Remember the Spring photos of my dogwoods just a few days ago? Well, many of those trees are now on the ground. Our home and property were hit by a tornado last night. While we sustained significant property damage, all family and animals are unharmed. Here are some of the photos:

 

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My son and daughter, along with Chelsea and her nine puppies – riding out the storm in the basement.

 

 

 

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Skeet (who was outside during the worst part of it), wants to know if it is safe to come out of the bathtub yet.

 

 

 

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Parts of our barn roof scattered over 25 acres.

 

 

 

 

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There are four root systems above ground here – and that doesn’t count the hickory lying in the foreground.

 

 

 

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These roots are from the above hickory tree. When I stand next to this root system, I cannot reach the top – they are at least 7 feet high.

 

 

 

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This dog kennel tumbled about 100 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

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The children’s play set (most of it anyway) was thrown about 100 feet.

 

 

 

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What is left of our 18 by 48-foot pole barn lying on top of the other two dog kennels.

 

 

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Another view of what is left of pole barn and another barn.

 

 

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Small amount of noticeable roof damage on left front side.

 

 

 

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Dad, hubby and son, standing under branches of one of the trees atop the barns.

 

 

 

 

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A view from the backside of the barns.

 

 

 

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A couple of perspective pictures. Compare to the size of the house which is 100 foot long.

 

 

 

 

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Perspective – my mom standing to the right beside one of the fallen trees. Notice the van which is close to the top of the trees.

 

 

 

THE HAPPY ENDING -

We are all safe, all 4 humans, 2 dogs, 9 puppies, 3 cats, 4 chickens and a partridge (no longer in a pear tree) …..everything damaged can be replaced and we have insurance. Even a fallen tree is a thing to enjoy!

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Let the cleanup begin!

Michele Hester

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