Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Goreville Home Hit Hard in Halloween Storm
GOREVILLE -- A Goreville family is still in disbelief after Thursday night's storm damaged their home. It was only house on the block that sustained serious damage. Homeowners Russell and Tracy Rau say they wouldn't be surprised if the damage comes out to be near $100,000, but it's more emotional for them, than it is costly to see their dream home in shambles.
"This was our dream.we wanted to live on the lake, retire on the lake, have a boat," explains Russell.
And it has been a blissful seven years in this home until Thursday night. Then, all those years of work were literally thrown away,off the roof and side of the house. Large wooden support beams now look like splinters tossed about the yard. Porch furniture now made into lawn ornaments. It's Tracy Rau's dream home torn apart.
"We spent probably a year and a half planning this house and it's just devastating,"says Tracy.
The Raus say they know they're lucky. The house mainly sustained exterior damage and everyone made it through the storm safely. But it was an experience unlike any other.
"We're wondering if it was a tornado or straight line wind, we don't know," says Tracy. "I mean it sure sounded like a freight train hitting our house."
Russell explains, "I started down the basement and it looked back up and it was like a bomb went off. You could see all the dust and sawdust, and there was styrofoam coming down inside the house. It was unreal."
Now comes the second phase of their retirement dream, one that they never thought they needed. But the Raus say they're determined to rebuild. Russell and Tracy are waiting for their insurance adjuster to come through before they start cleaning up and making new plans to rebuild.
As for the rest of the neighborhood, there were two uprooted trees. One of the trees landed on a garage, but that was it.
Wind: 5 MPH
Humidity: 78 %