People in Stanley Start to Rebuild

By: Michael Hyland Email
By: Michael Hyland Email

Homeowners in Stanley are coping with the destruction after severe weather caused a tremendous amount of damage throughout the town Sunday.

Based on the damage, the National Weather Service estimates that the winds gusted up to 90 miles an hour.

Long-time Stanley resident Katie Fox says she could only watch in disbelief as hurricane-force winds blew through her yard.

The winds were blowing so strongly that they were able to lodge large rocks in the wall of a chicken house near her home. The winds also destroyed her barn.

In describing the scene, Fox says, "Very scary. I saw the tree touching the ground, so I knew that was going to go."

A large tree split down the middle, and half of it now rests calmly in her yard.

All over Stanley, the winds destroyed buildings and even demolished one of the dugouts at the Stanley Little League Park. Ellen Good and her family weren't home when the winds ripped off the roof the house.

"I was just sort of numb all evening," says Good. "And I'm still a little numb."

She says a fire destroyed much of her home ten years ago. She was also concerned about her pets Sunday, including a baby bird she's monitoring on her back porch.

"But, he's alive! I've been helping him," says Good.

She'll stay in a trailer next to her house while the family waits to have their roof repaired. Good also saw a lot of damage to her garden in her backyard.

Fortunately, there were no injuries to report in Stanley out of Sunday's severe weather. However, with summer just starting many people are concerned about what lies ahead.

Officials in Stanley encourage people to buy NOAA weather radios to get the latest severe weather alerts. The radios cost about $30.


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