Homeowners in Tippecanoe County deal with property damage from storm

Several homeowners across Tippecanoe County are dealing with the aftermath of a storm that ripped through the viewing area early Thursday morning.

Posted: May 23, 2019 7:19 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 7:42 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Several homeowners across Tippecanoe County are dealing with the aftermath of a storm that ripped through the viewing area early Thursday morning. 

Tim Schafer lives on County Farm Road just north of Battle Ground Middle School. 

Schafer has lived in the home for more than 25 years, and after the storm, he is left picking up the pieces. He said this is the worst damage he's ever had, but he is just thankful nobody was injured.

Like many people, he was woken up around 3:30 a.m. to the sound of strong rain and winds, but what he thought was a routine storm turned into a bigger headache.

"Went out and stood by the back deck and a tree fell right in front of me," he said. "Two vehicles were just totally destroyed."

He had his family had just purchased a camper and brought it home. The tree fell directly onto it, and his white pickup truck it was attached to. He said there was roof damage to the camper.

"We've never even camped in it," he said. "It's junk."

He said it took four hours for the tree removal service to clean up the debris. The windshield of the truck was also shattered, and the car roof was dented.

In Dayton, Alonzo and Bonnie Payne have lived on their property for almost 50 years. A tree branch from a tree the couple estimates to be about 100 years old broke off and partially landed on their back shed.

Above the shed door is a sign that says "Alonzo's Playhouse."

"The tree knocked the L in my name clean off," said Alonzo. You could still hear a radio playing happy tunes from inside the structure. The tree had also completely destroyed the steps used to get up into the playhouse.

They said with all the trees in their yard, they are no strangers to storm damage. However, this is the worst destruction they have seen.

Alonzo said it was the wind that stood out most to him about this storm.

"I heard the wind so I went to the door and I couldn't figure out what the noise was and then this fell at about that same time and I saw it fall," he said.

Bonnie said they had called their insurance company to see if they could get any help repairing the damaged playhouse.

But for Alonzo, it's time to start cleaning up the mess. He said there was one positive that came out of this event:

"We'll have plenty of firewood for the winter time now," he said.

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