Last night I jumped out of bed and went to the window and said, “Shawn I think there is a tornado, I’ve never seen rain fall sideways!”. I turned on the news and the first thing I heard was, “If you live in Wildwood, seek shelter now. Right now. There was a tornado just west of Wildwood.” My parents live in Wildwood too and I was surprised my dad hadn’t sent me a text me already. So I sent him some comment like, “I’m hiding in my basement”. He knows I don’t have a basement, I live in a condo. I didn’t get a text back for a little while.
Later my dad called and asked if I was ok. I told him how we just had really bad wind and hail and he told me that their house took a big hit. Shawn and I waited until the storms had passed to drive by their house that night. It was so bizarre because the five minute drive to their house was perfectly fine and then we hit my parent’s next door neighbors house. Different story. Drove a little more and oh my goodness, tons of trees down. Trees everywhere. We waited until bright and early this morning and take a closer look. It was a lot more than trees.
Neighbors were out bright and early this morning. Some said they heard a train sound and some reported it sounding like a huge vacuum. Some had houses with a few shingles off and others had barns roofs off. Some had their trash cans still up from last night and some had a tree on top of their house. I think that is what was the craziest part of all of this. Where the storm hit, it hit. Thank gosh a lot of the damage were trees around the property. I mean it’s good that if something is going to go, it is a tree. It’s very sad all of the trees were knocked down because I remember when my parents planted a lot of them. I think they lost at least a dozen or more around their yard. Most of the trees just snapped.
Where is the trashcan? Oh, it’s in the tree.
Where is the roof? Oh, it’s on the driveway.
Where is the shed? Oh, it’s in front of the house. Let’s take a closer look as to how that shed got there. It used to be on that slab of gravel, where the shovel is now. (Obviously the messy deck is a direct result of the storm.) We are thinking the shed was lifted up and pushed over the car and then possibly rolled around and down the driveway.
See the car? That car was sitting there the whole time. On the other side of the car, there is a tree on the deck, which I should have taken a picture of. The shed couldn’t have rolled and fit through the hole. Upon further investigation, the car had a broken antenna and a scrape on the roof, where we can tell something large scraped it, most likely the shed. That car is a serious trooper.
See those stakes? Those 14 inch stakes were lifted out of the ground where the shed used to be, on the deck. The shed will need to be replaced, but man, did it withhold a lot! The doors used to open outward, but they were sucked in and only open inside the shed now. Unfortunately the things inside the shed did not survive either. Here is Shawn and my dad pulling the shed in the back, to get it out of the way.
What else was damaged? Their house, like a lot of other people in St. Louis. They are *so* lucky with what damage they do have. By lucky I mean they will need a whole new roof, new walls in the sun room, and probably a new floor. The whole back room will need to be replaced. It’s amazing what a night of rain can do without a roof and ceiling. The ceilings have dark spots on it because the sun room was leaking all day and the walls had so much water in them. The roof is buckling in in the corner and has a hole. You can touch the walls and feel pockets of water in the walls. The foyer side of the house was damaged as well, with siding ripped off. The privacy fence separating their house from the neighbors was also taken down. A barn window was shattered and parts of the barn roof was taken off. Again, they are so lucky and everything that was damaged and lost can be replaced. It’s just going to take awhile.
Today was spent taking it all in, assessing the damage, and cleaning up. It looks the best it can before insurance will get things fixed. My dad was on the phone so many times today talking to so many different people. I feel so lucky that here, just a few miles away, in the little old condo, we didn’t have any damage. We are hoping this storm and the one on the wedding day are enough for the year 2011. I’m hoping Mother Nature is thinking the same thing, but then again it’s only February. Here’s to also hoping the sirens go off before the storm next time. 😉