Dayton family garage destroyed in strong morning wind storm

Strong winds uprooted the family's backyard tree, which fell directly on to their detached garage.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 5:19 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2020 9:14 PM

DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI) — One Dayton family is left cleaning up the mess of Monday morning's strong wind storm. It uprooted their large backyard tree, which fell and destroyed their detached garage.

The Ekola family woke up to a loud bang around 5:30 a.m. After the sun rose is when they discovered the damage.

“We heard this big boom and it sounded like thunder but it wasn’t,” said Homeowner Brooke Ekola. “We have so many trees out here and you can hear them all move, but we never thought that tree, I mean, it sits behind the garage so we rarely ever see it.”

According to Tippecanoe Emergency Management Agency Director Smokey Anderson, winds were blowing at around 55 to 60 mph. This is enough to uproot a tree if there is a disease or shallow roots within it.

“I guess with this many trees it's just a matter of time before they fall, we don't know how old they are so we don't know how long this tree has been here,” said Ekola.

She said while it is a detached garage, she and her family use it quite often.

“He works on his cars, that's like his hobby so all his babies are sometimes in here,” said Akola. “Just the other day when it was nice we were all down here, so it's like could you imagine if we would have been down here and this tree would have fallen? It would have been so bad.”

Fortunately, nothing they consider very valuable was lost in the damage. For now, Ekola says they're relieved it wasn't a worst-case scenario.

“I'm thankful that it is our detached garage and not the one attached to our house because it could have been a lot worse or if we were down here, God only knows,” said Ekola. “It was at 5:30 in the morning so obviously we weren't outside, so I'm thankful for that.”

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