Aggressive storm shatters belongings in Camanche family's home, but not their spirits

CAMANCHE, Iowa (KWQC) - After heavy winds and pounding rain Wednesday night, Steve Runge and his family were hit with alarming surprise through their home of 11 years.

"We don't have a basement so we just stayed in the living room and all of suddenly we heard this ungodly roar and then a big crash and everything just went black," Runge said.

A tree Runge says has stood tall for years pierced through their roof into their living room. Runge says it's another element to a rough year.

"They diagnosed my wife with cancer in January and diagnosed me with two different kinds of cancer in March. It's been tough; it's been real tough," he said.

Runge says what happened next was the biggest surprise.

"It was unbelievable and I get up this morning at 7 o'clock and I've got an army here helping me. It's unreal! I don't even know where all these people came from," Runge said.

Runge says with an estimated cost of $50,000 dollars in damage, the community effort to help him and his family is priceless. He says he knows his spirits will remain high.

"Hopefully we get everything cleaned up, and I'm going to enjoy whatever I have left of my life right here," he said.