Strong Spring Storm Downs Trees and Rips Off Roofs in Freeport

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Saturday morning’s storm took a lot of us by surprise with hail pounding our cars and homes all across the Stateline, but Freeport seemed to take the brunt of the damage.

The work begins outside of Fred Wagner's Freeport home after a quick but powerful storm swept through the Stateline Saturday morning.

"That's the way it goes. The phone's out, the cable's out, power just flickered once because that's underground, so we're ok there, but you deal with what you have to deal with," Wagner said.

All throughout the Pretzel City were signs of the damaging winds and hail, trees on front lawns, and power lines down.

"The winds came quick, went through quick, and left a big mess. It's going to take a while to clean up," Stephania Jackson, who was also cleaning up after the storm said.

"I get along just fine without the severe weather. We'll need rain when we need it, but I don't need storms," Duane Ludwig, said.

Perhaps the most shocking proof of the storms intensity was at the Ivey Corp Storage Facility. The roof almost peeled off leaving a massive mess for crews below.

"I've never seen anything like that before. Well waking up getting a phone call saying you're building's missing," Andy Hill, who works for Ivey Corp, said.

One look inside of the building and you can see just how extensive the damage is. You look up at the roof and it is completely gone, on one side of the building folding onto itself and now what the company has to do is contact all the owners of each individual vehicle to tell them what happened.

It's a large building so hopefully we can get it fixed in a short, reasonable amount of time," Hill said.

It's too early to amount damage totals but one thing is clear: When mother-nature gets mad, she makes sure everyone knows.


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