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Friday storms result in multiple reports of damage

By on September 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

The roof of a building that serves as a meeting room for St. Michael’s Catholic Parish in Paderborn was partially blown off during Friday’s storm. For more storm damage photos, turn to page 2A. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

For the Republic-Times

Storms rolled through parts of Monroe County and surrounding areas late Friday afternoon and into the evening, delivering high winds, lightning, heavy rain and hail.

High school football games scheduled for Friday night at Waterloo and Dupo were pushed to Saturday due to the severe weather threat.

A chunk of a large tree fell in the middle of Market Street by Sure Shine Auto Wash in Waterloo during the storm, shutting down the street briefly as crews cleared the debris.

A trampoline was blown into a neighboring yard in the 400 block of Hartman Lane in Waterloo.

Around 4:45 p.m., the Hecker Fire Department was called to Floraville Road near Buss Branch Road in Paderborn after a transformer was downed with lines arcing over the roadway. This led to a brief power outage.

Paderborn, located just east of Waterloo, appeared to have received the brunt of Friday’s storms.

It looked as though a tornado touched down on top of Mike and Mary Anne Wachtel’s farm property located across the field from Karban’s Knotty Pines Tavern. The aftermath shows a scene of destruction, from a large uprooted maple tree to collapsed barns — some ripped to shreds and scattered across the surrounding field — and remnants of an old silo that crumbled to the ground.

Pictured, fhe four-generation farm property of Mike and Mary Anne Wachtel in Paderborn, located just east of Waterloo, was hard hit by Friday’s storm, as high winds caused the collapse of a silo and blew metal from an old dairy barn into the field. A large tree on the property was also blown over. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

“It pretty well leveled everything,” Mary Anne Wachtel said. “There are a lot of memories here just flattened.”

The farm has remained with the Wachtel family for four generations, dating back to the mid-1800s.

Nonetheless, the family says they are lucky nobody was hurt.

Kim Floyd, a good friend of the Wachtels who lives in a house on the farm, said Mike Wachtel usually takes cover from storms under one of the barns that is no longer standing.

“Thank God (Mike) wasn’t under there,” said Floyd, who had left briefly to pick up her grandson just before the storm hit. I went there to pick him up,” she said. “I came back and this is how it was.”

The Wachtels said they were thankful to all those from the surrounding community who offered assistance over the weekend as they dealt with the aftermath of the storm.

Not far from the Wachtel farm, a large portion of the roof   was blown off a building that is now used as a meeting room for St. Michael’s Catholic Parish.

The large brick structure used to serve as a convent for the church.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.