Tornado Damage!

For those of you living under a rock in Mount Airy, we’ve been hit recently by a tornado, and while everyone in town has been mourning the closing of the TJMax due to roof damage and flooding, we’ve been over here dealing with our own tiny crisis. On a farm with livestock, there’s not much worse than having a fence come down. And that’s exactly what happened during the high winds from the tornado. While we were not hit directly by the cyclone, we had some serious fence damage and were without power for a while.

This massive tree came down across an important stretch of fence, completely crushing it. It’s an extremely long stretch of fence, meaning that the entire stretch is affected by this damage. In the short term, we worried about animals that may have escaped during the time between it happening and when we secured the area, but luckily we did not have any daring souls try it!

Dan and I did a quick temporary fence around the area to keep animals safe overnight and then spent the rest of the evening “camping” in the living room without any power!

The boys thought it was really fun!

Then in the morning we got to work fixing it! The plan was to temporarily nail off the sections around the damage, while they cut up the tree and then splice in a new section of fence, without letting the pressure off of the stretch. Luckily we have awesome neighbors that offered to come over and give us a hand!

Trucks and Tractors in the field, you know there’s work happening! They got the tree cut out!
Splicing in the new section, takes a lot of braun and some decent brains too. I have the cushy seat in the skid loader 😀
All fixed! Not quite like new, but definitely good enough to hold animals in where they should be!

We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Not being hit by a tornado that came very close, wonderful neighbors, and animals that are smart enough to stay in the barn during a storm!

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