Falling Trees Miss House In Tuesday's Storms

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By:  Melina Matthes
MMatthes@kptm.com

OAKLAND, IOWA (kptm) - A city east of Council Bluffs was hit hard by Tuesday’s storm.

The people in Oakland, Iowa are still cleaning up the damage.

One man said this storm wasn’t the first battle with nature his home has fought.

His home was built more than 100 years ago and it’s still standing because the tree next to it was uprooted in the storm.  However, it missed the house by just a few inches.  On the other side of the house, another tree fell, missing the house yet again and it’s all for one reason.

“If the storm did that to the tree how and why it didn’t do it to the house, I guess only God knows that.”

Jan Harris grew up in this house.  His father built it in 1912 with his bare hands.  Now the siding, windows and foundation are damaged, but he said it’s still standing because his father was watching over it from heaven.

“It’s seen floods, it’s seen rain, it’s seen everything and now it’s seeing a mini windstorm-tornado… so yes do I think he was watching down?  Yes I do.”

Now with the help of his family he’s cleaning up what the storm destroyed.

“There’s going to be a lot of work that has to be done to the house but the house is still standing and it’s going to stand for multiple more generations in our family.”

The empty lots next to Harris’ house used to have houses.  That’s because after the 1994 flooding the homeowners decided to tear them down.  Harris’ family decided to stick around and even after Tuesday’s storm they say they aren’t going anywhere. 

Harris said he has dozens of acres of farmland just outside of town that are currently under water but he said he has insurance for both the house and the land and that he's just thankful no one was injured.



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