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Family’s barn knocked over after strong storms

COBB (WKOW) — After Tuesday’s powerful storm, an Iowa County family is rushing to clean up the damage after the family’s barn was pushed off its foundation and feared to be a complete loss.

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. Devastating,” said Chase Moen-Hines, whose family farms the land.

He said the storm quickly blew through the area, but it was destructive.

“I really didn’t think much of it. I just thought it was a bad storm and the trampolines blow around, slide blows around,” Moen-Hines said as he remembered what he saw. “Then, I saw a tree down by the shed and I was like, wow this is pretty serious.”

He stepped out of one shed and saw that his big barn was pushed off its foundation. The combine he would use to tend his fields was poking out of the barn as the structure was nearly leveled.

“I walked up to the shed and saw this and I’m just devastated,” Moen-Hines said.

Some of the wooden beams were split in two. Parts of the tin roof were lying on the ground outside the barn with some of it lying on a flat-bed.

What used to be a dairy barn is now used as a shed for storage, housing the combine, a van and a Chevy truck. The van was nearly untouched by debris, but Moen-Hines’s truck is totaled after a large beam crashed down on the windshield.

“I loved that truck,” he said as he looked on in disbelief.

Moen-Hines is worried his combine may not be fixable, which could cost him even more money if he can’t use it to harvest his fields.

His priority now is to get his combine out and clean up with the help of his friends and family.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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