Storm damages what little was left

Published 08/10 2012 10:04PM

Updated 08/10 2012 10:24PM

BROADLANDS -- It's what farmers begged mother nature for rain. She answered our wished Thursday night, but for some, it brought more bad news than good.

A farmer now has to deal with $250,000 worth of damage after a storm ripped through his land. It happened about 6 pm in Broadlands. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley was there to witness the aftermath. It might seem calm now, but Thursday it was anything but.

"He said, 'Doug, you got a part of your roof missing, you're not gonna be happy.'"

Doug Downs got a call from a friend who pulled over by this shed.

"He couldn't see the road because it was raining so hard. He said the wind was actually moving his van while it was parked."

His friend watched as winds ripped through Downs' steel shed.

"I'm sure it had to be in excess of 100 mph."

Downs got there as fast as he could, but when he pulled up, "The wind took it," half of his shed was gone.

"There's a tractor in there that's crushed."

"The building is pretty much destroyed and two bins are pretty well shot."

But, that's not all.

"The corn crop is shot around here."

He's talking about fields like this which are completely flattened by Thursday's storm. It makes corn like this, nearly impossible to harvest.

"It's absolutely pathetic. My grandfather, who is 86, says this is the worst corn crop he's ever seen."

He has crop insurance, and even though this will take a lot of time and money to fix, "Mother nature is always in charge. Nobody got hurt. That's all that matters."

Downs plans to install a temporary wall and security cameras around his shed.

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