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Storm Destroys Jackson County Farm Buildings

Posted: Updated: Jun 30, 2014 11:33 PM

The storms that barreled through the QCA Monday afternoon left a trail of damage in their wake. In Jackson County, large trees were down, crops flattened, and signs blown over.

One of the highest points in the county saw some of the most spectacular damage.

On Patrick Nolan's farm on 50th Avenue, about five miles north of Baldwin, a lean-to that had been attached to the barn to serve as a shelter for livestock was blown over and into a nearby loafing shed, bringing that roof down on two RV campers that had been parked there.

The wind also damaged his house, tractor shed, and chicken coop, and snapped several large pines like toothpicks.

Twisted metal debris from the lean-to and sheds was blown at least a hundred yards through Nolan's cow pasture. His duck was inside its coop when that was lifted and thrown through a fence by the wind. Those animals were shaken up but okay, but others on this property were not so lucky.

"Got the little donkey down and some sheep that are hurt," Nolan said.

"That's the worst of it. The rest of this stuff can be replaced," he added.

Nolan says it's still too early to have any sort of damage estimate, but he says he expects to hear from his insurance adjuster soon.

He says the insurance adjuster was actually at his property surveying damage from Sunday night's storms when they saw the line of storms approaching Monday afternoon.

"He ran a way," Nolan laughed, "He left me a card and said he'd be back tomorrow"

Nolan was able to find reason to laugh even as he surveyed the destruction on his property.

"I've got plenty of sheet metal for sale. The campers could probably go pretty cheap," he joked.

And, he says he knows things could always be worse.

"I think I'm going to go in and have a drink and think about all the work I'm going to have to do tomorrow," he said, laughing, when asked about his positive outlook in the face of so much damage.

Nolan says he's just glad he is safe and will be around to do that work, and he says he'll get to work right away to rebuild all that he has lost.


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