Storm Damage in the Stateline

By: Lauren Kravets and Jorge Rodas Email
By: Lauren Kravets and Jorge Rodas Email
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STATELINE (WIFR) -- There is a lot of damage left after this morning's storms, including several homes in Rockton.

It almost looks like a car drove through a home but it's actually sitting where the garage used to be. The vehicle was parked inside the garage when winds ripped through the house on Deacon Drive.

Homeowner Colleen Alms said, "(I heard) a very loud crash. I can't even explain it, it felt like I was in a nightmare."

And it looks like one. The garage is now a pile of wood, part of the roof is gone and debris is scattered across the back yard. Surprisingly, no-one was hurt.

"I'm very thankful," said Alms.

Just south of Deacon Drive is an overturned pirate ship. Strong winds knocked the wooden ship on its side.

Tony Miller built the ship at his home and got married on it last August. He says it's hard to see a piece of his marriage in pieces.

"That's a bigger piece of the heart when you see a devastating trophy of your marriage and your family-hood just kind of laying on her side ya know," said Miller.

A few houses down on Liddle Rd., broken trees went through the roof of a home. And after all the damage comes the clean-up.

"We go day to day, that's all we can do," says Alms.

"I didn't have to talk to my wife, she spoke before me and (the ship) will be built again," explains Miller.

The clean-up process is expected to take quite a while. Families on Liddle Road are looking for help with tree removal. If you're interested in helping you can call Kristi at 815-978-0750.

Out in Lena in western Stephenson County the damage was just as widespread.

Homes had damage to their roofs as tree branches fell all over the small town.

Byron Baker had a tree fall onto his roof. He was shocked at all the debris covering the roads in Lena.

"Unbelievable," said Baker. "It's just takes your breath away."


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