WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – Barns were ripped to shreds, buildings reduced to rubble and trees were torn apart. That’s the damage Mike Wachtel and his family are dealing with after a storm blew through their St. Clair County farm Friday night. The four generation farm has been in the Paderborn Community just outside of Waterloo, Illinois since the 1850’s.
“We don’t know exactly if it was straight line winds or a tornado. It blew this old silo over and took the whole big barn it used to be a big dairy barn.” said Wachtel.
The storm is part of a double-blow. Not only did it destroy the Wachtel’s equipment and heirlooms, they’re also dealing with losses from this years drought. More than fifty percent of the Wachtel’s corn, wheat and soybean crops are gone.
The strong winds also uprooted a maple tree just thirty feet from the family home.
Now the family is regrouping and recovering from a storm that left a big mark on a small Illinois town.
“It’s funny how some things are touched an other things aren’t, It’s a total disaster.”he said.