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Storm Damage

Posted 6/30/2012 11:02am by Renae Schlatter.

Yesterday afternoon a bad storm came through our area. I don't know if there was actually a tornado that touched down, but the winds were so fierce. We heard this morning that in Ft Wayne, IN, they clocked winds at 90 mph, and I wouldn't doubt it. We had some damage to some of our structures. We had 10 chicken pens out in the field and all but two of them were blown to pieces.

broken chicken pens

Our egg mobile where we have some of our laying hens lost it's roof. I was actually surprised to see that the whole thing didn't go over.

broken egg mobile

Up at the farm the greenhouse that is our winter laying hen shelter was pretty beat up. The entire plastic covering was taken off and some of the beams were pushed in.

dismantled greenhouse

This Spring we had an enclosed porch built around the boxes we use for the cheese aging room and it all went down. I was watching out the window when the roof started flying off. Pretty crazy.

cheese porch

The lean-to where we have some our calves was de-roofed as well.


And here is the roof.

lean to roof

Here is one wagon load of chicken pen debris that we picked up yesterday.

chicken pen debris

This is the genreator set up that is keeping us going for the time being.

tractor and generator

We are most thankful that no one was hurt. This all seems a little surreal right now. These sort of things always seem to happen around us, but when it hits home it's a little intense. This morning the reports are that the power may be out for 2-3 days yet. One of my good friends works in the office at the local electric company and she had to stay late last night and was in again at 6:30 this morning, so we know everyone is working. They even called in out of state help. So thankful for the blessings we have and those around us who are willing to work to get us up and going again.