Northeast Adams County residents, farmers clean up after Sunday night storms

Northern Adams County residents, farmers clean up after Sunday night storms
Northern Adams County residents, farmers clean up after Sunday night storms(WGEM)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 12:47 PM CDT
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Storm damage assessment and cleanup is in full swing Monday in parts of Adams County.

Homes and fields in the northern portions of the county have sustained damage after a series of storms rolled through the area Sunday night around 10 p.m.

Trees in Golden and Camp Point were uprooted, and power outages were reported.

Golden resident Theresa Moore said she had a close call.

Moore said she has a strict family plan to follow when severe weather threatens. She said she called her daughter’s family over to their house to take shelter. After they arrived is when the worst of the storm hit.

“So they pulled in the driveway and they came in, and we were just kind of watching it, and all of the sudden it got really quiet. And then I heard a thump on the living room ceiling and I said the trees down we need to go to the basement.” Moore said.

The tree missed her daughter’s car by just around two feet, while another tree outback barely missed their shed.

Tree down on Moore's home.
Tree down on Moore's home. (WGEM)

Moore said they will likely have to fully remove both trees in the coming weeks.

Minor damage was not quite the case just a block or two away for David Owens, who had his nearly century-old barn destroyed.

The barn was blown over by the strong winds that moved through town. Owens said the winds sounded like a freight train as they came through.

Nearly a century-old barn destroyed.
Nearly a century-old barn destroyed.(WGEM)

In Camp Point, one resident said the storm damage caused him to miss work after a downed tree blocked his truck.

“A big tree went down, blocked the alleyway, kind of hit my truck a little bit, there’s a little damage I mean it’s not much, but it kind of blocked me in I couldn’t go anywhere,” said Camp Point resident Brian Brocksieck.

Some residents had also been without power for over 12 hours.

While many properties in Camp Point were left with debris, one resident on Prairie Street perhaps got the worst of it.

John Loper was at work when the storm came through. He didn’t see what had happened to his front yard until 9 a.m. Monday.

“It was pretty shocking to see all the debris out here... couldn’t get in the driveway,” Loper said.

The tree that landed in Loper’s front yard came from across the street, just missing the front of his house.

Loper and his family now face what could be days of work to get everything cleaned up.

“Just try to get this debris cleaned up... I don’t know if anybody will come by and help get this out of the ditch or whatever, but we’re doing what we can to get it out of here, and at least get our driveway cleared so we can use it,” Loper said.

And while the entire town was without power, K’s Family Foods was nearly at a point where food was about to go bad.

Owner Kelly Lash said a few more hours and some product could have hit the trash.

“That was our first concern, to make sure that freezers were up and running, checking temperatures, making sure that nothing got too warm where it would’ve spoiled and needed to be thrown out,” Lash said.

Lash said the store regained power a little after 7 a.m. Monday.

Some residents didn’t get power back until after noon.

Electric companies were still working Monday night to make sure the town’s electricity is fully restored.

The damage was not just limited to town, farmers were not only dealing with destroyed outbuildings, but high winds also flattened corn fields outside of Camp Point and Golden.

Local farmers, like Larry Flesner, said they have plenty of work ahead of them between damaged grain bins, farming equipment and those flattened crops.

“A lot of electric wires have been knocked down and there will be a little bit of time getting those fixed. And some of the best corn I’ve ever raised was flattened and I don’t know what the insurance company will say, it’ll be hard to pick it up,” Flesner said.

Jake Nelson runs an electric company that specializes in agriculture. He said his team discovered lots of damage to area farms.

“Got damaged bins, bins are crunched. The drier we just put in... it’s scratched all to heck. Power lines are down, we worked last night through the night just trying to get people back together on power and get their grain equipment running,” Nelson said.

Nelson said several of his customers had been planning on beginning their harvest this week, but now have to wait because of the storm damage.

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