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Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:19

Storm leaves path of damage through Rock and Walworth counties

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A barn along U.S. Highway 14 near the Rock and Walworth county line was flattened in a fast-moving storm May 17, 2017. The barn was used for storing bedding. A barn along U.S. Highway 14 near the Rock and Walworth county line was flattened in a fast-moving storm May 17, 2017. The barn was used for storing bedding. Photos by Dan Plutchak and Terry Mayer

BRADFORD TOWNSHIP -- Jill Bier looked through what was left of her barn Thursday morning to see what could be salvaged after fast-moving storms rolled through Rock and Walworth counties.

The barn along U.S. Highway 14 near the Rock and Walworth county line was flattened Wednesday evening in the storm.

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The barn is part of the farm that Jill and her husband, Bob, own that stretches to the south. It has been empty, except for bedding, since 2004.

It turns out the Biers came upon the scene by accident late Wednesday.

The couple were on their way to their grandmother’s house near county highways A and MM, an area that sustained significant storm damage.

Bier said their grandmother called to say they were playing cards in their house when a tree fell on it and a branch came through the wall at the height of the storm.

The Biers got into their car to head up to see the damage.

As they drove along Highway 14, however, they passed where their barn once stood, and Jill said, "What happened to Uncle Bob’s barn?"

The top half of the barn had blown off and threw huge 8-by-8-inch beams into the middle of the highway.

Bier said they stopped and moved the debris from the road and surveyed the damage.

The couple plans to remove the bedding, but the remaining part of the barn may not be salvageable, Bier said.

The first round of storms came through the area about 6:45 p.m., and a second wave arrived about 10:15 p.m.

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