Recent Thunderstorms Leave Isolated
Damages Across Hopkins County
by: Bobby McDonald
While most of us have been "cheering" the recent thunderstorms, that have moved through Hopkins County, and hoping for some much needed rain, there have been a few isolated cases of extreme property damage in the area. One such occurrence was the Glenn and Laura Hahn Dairy, near Peerless. Last Friday morning, Glenn came to the dairy barn for the morning milking and found that his dairy barn had been destroyed during the night, leaving a path of twisted debris, damaged equipment, and no place to milk his herd of dairy cows.
For those acquainted with the dairy business, that means quickly finding a place to milk cows, hauling them to a new location, and attempting to make some kind of arrangements to continue a routine. Glenn found a neighbor that could accommodate the cattle and is attempting to assess his damages, following several long days of making some kind of order, out of what was destroyed in "the blink of an eye!"
Meanwhile, in the Gafford Chapel Community, the same scenario unfolded on the Blezinger Farm, where a hay and utility barn was destroyed by a similar storm. The family was not home, when the thunderstorm moved across their property, but came home to find their barn destroyed, with twisted metal and wooden beams scattered everywhere. "It's a mess!" exclaimed Linda Blezinger. "And, it's awful hot to be out trying to clean up the debris from the property!"
"We were fortunate that no livestock were hurt in the storm," continued Linda. "But, we've got to get all the debris cleaned up, so that they won't be injured on some of it!"
So, those who received a little bit of rain, count your blessings, as the fortunate ones, who haven't had storm damage, to your property!