Cleaning Up After Weekend Storms

Published 07/29 2014 08:42AM

Updated 07/29 2014 08:55AM

Residents in some parts of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio are cleaning up after this weekend's damaging storms that ripped through our region.

"This is a forty by eighty building and it's...shot," said Noble County resident Kathy Zelt, who received a text message around 4pm Sunday afternoon from her neighbor that her barn had collapsed. 

High winds up to 60 mph and hail had taken out her barn. "This right here is actually the door of the barn which was all the way on the other side."

Zelt and her family say they are trying to clean up the mess quickly because if another storm hits soon or if the winds pick up, they're worried the debris could fly into someone's yard and maybe even hurt someone.

"That sheet metal is very sharp and some of that is barely hanging on by one nail."  Zelt says she has never experienced such a vicious storm.

Chad Willett, Chief Deputy at Noble County Sheriff Department, tells WFFT Local News the storm produced hail up to once inch in diameter.  "Approximately 3:30pm we started receiving calls of roadway obstructions, trees down as a result of high winds."

Zelt's neighbor, Larry Huff, says he heard the barn collapsing.  The storm didn't spare Huff's property either, his carport rolled all the way across his yard and into his neighbor's yard, but even with the damage, Huff says he's thankful no one was hurt. "Thank the good Lord, all this stuff here can be replaced, nobody was hurt and like I said thank the Lord for that."

The Noble County Sheriff's Department says that most of the fallen trees in the roadways have been cleared and power has been restored in the 47 homes that were without electricity.

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