Tornado on May 2nd, Damascus, AR

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by samh, May 17, 2008.

  1. samh

    samh New Member

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    Haven't been on here in a while, on May 2 a F3 tornado passed with in 300 yards of my house, ended up killing 3 people, destroyed our church ( the old one and a new one we'd just built and not moved into yet) , a feed mill, a big horse barn and 15 to 20 houses, all with in a couple of miles of me. The storm went about 45 miles on the ground and killed 5 people in all and destroyed 75 to100 homes and damaged many more. We were lucky, I lost 8 big trees in my yard and although we had a lot of damage, the house is liveable, my daughters house lost half the roof and lots of water damage, they're living in a camper for now, my Mom's house ( she's 89) got tree damage and water damage, we cut 63 "big" pine trees out of her yard. Our milk barn ( stopped using it in 02) is gone along with several other hay barns ,our farm shop and miles and miles of fences..We had another tornado go through on May 10th, that passed right over the same track, but didn't touch down. But we were lucky, no one hurt ( the wife, 2 year old grandson and I rode it out under some steps in my carport)and a lot of folks lost everything they had. Here's a few pictures.

    Tornado 5 miles southwest of my house.

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    the tornado about 2 moles southwest of my house.

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    the tornado right over my house.

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/05-02-08.jpg

    My Mom's yard, took these pictures off the roof.

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    Cleaning up Mom's yard

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    South Side Baptist Church ( 1/2 mile from me)

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/Picture062.jpg

    What's left of a 60 X 80 barn next to my daughter's house.

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/Picture053.jpg

    A fertilizer buggy, that would hold 6 tons of fertilizer, we found 3/4 of a mile from the feed mill

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/DSCN0973.jpg

    Our old dairy barn

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/Picture008-1.jpg

    Shop and hay barn

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/Picture036.jpg

    One of the 3 trees on my house

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/Picture012.jpg

    In Feb. a F4 tornado that stayed on the ground for 123 miles and killed 13 people passed 10 miles north of us. I'm ready for the weather to calm down a little.
     
  2. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    Sam great pics glad your family is alright cause material things can be replaced lives cannot
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Sam. I'm glad your family is ok. Things can be rebuilt and bought again,except for a very few things. Lives are much more important. I will rember you and your community in my prayers .
     
  4. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    Sam, I'm so sorry to hear about the lives lost and the damage caused. I will keep everyone concerned in my prayers.

    So happy though, to hear that you and your family are okay and still with us.
     
  5. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Good to hear that you or family wasn't hurt. Bad about the others. AR has more than it's share of bad storms this year.

    Thanks for the pics.
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Sam sorry to hear about all the loss in your area. Material things can be replaced. Glad you and your family were safe.
     
  7. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    GLAD YALL WERE NOT HURT AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS
     
  8. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Sam, so glad to finally hear from you. I'm so sorry about all the damage done, & the lives lost. But I'm thankful to hear you & your family came through okay. That's really awful about losing those churches, but I know God will help you get through it. Ya'll hang in there during the clean up. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
     
  9. samh

    samh New Member

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    Finally get'n a little bit back to kind'a normal. I filled my deer feeders and put my cameras back out, they haven't been filled or check since the storm hit on the 2nd. First time in 4 years i've let the feeders run dry, bet the critters are wonder'n where I've been.

    Here's a picture of the grandson that rode the storm out with his Grandmaw and me under the steps, this kind'a thing makes you figure out real quick what's important and what ain't.

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x270/sam3006/DSCN0793.jpg
     
  10. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Amen to that!! He's adorable, & so glad he's okay.