As you probably know, last Monday, Iowa experienced a ‘Derecho’. While we’ve not heard that term before, there was no mistaking the definition of that word – “….a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds.”
I was at our home taking an on line class. Our kids had been texting about wind blowing their trashcans and things around. So at noon, I checked the local weather and found out that we were expected to have 90 mph winds by 12:30. They were right on with the arrival. The wind began to ‘howl’, the power went off, and things began to blow around and blow down all around our house. It was reported that winds were over 100 mph at times. The derecho lasted about 40 minutes at our house, with the winds blowing the whole time.
Luckily, we did not have major damage to either our house or Zuber’s. We’ll probably need a new roof at home. We had lots of branches down at home, and the back yard at Zuber’s was a mess. Lots of big branches down and branches hung up in other trees. We lost a big tree on the north side of the building, but again – no damage to the hotel. At Zuber’s have been up and running the whole time. We were with out power and water for 2 1/2 days at our home.
We are greatful that the ‘only’ loss we had was trees. We are thankful that our kids came down on Saturday and helped us get a good start at cleaning the back yard and getting the mess that is left, a little more organized so it will be easier to pick up this weekend. Brian hauled 4 big loads of tree debris to the dumping area. As you can see from the pictures – our big kids were using the chainsaw and helping load the trailor and even our granddaughter helped with the clean up!