Grundy Co. Home Destroyed by Tornado

Published 03/27 2014 10:45PM

Updated 03/28 2014 10:58AM

(TRENTON, Mo.)  One home was destroyed and several others saw minor to moderate damage as the first tornado of the spring season moved across Grundy County.

According to the county emergency management director, the tornado formed in the southwest part of the county and touched down just north of Trenton.

The home of Larry and Karen Bailey took the brunt of the storm, completely destroying the main level of the house. Larry described the chaotic scene as the tornado moved through.

"It's just like bang, and then everything started flying," he said.

The Bailey's had lived in their home for more than 20 years. Larry knew there was trouble ahead after looking out the back of his house and seeing his small pond.

"I started looking at that lake and the water was sucking clear up out of that lake," Bailey said. "I knew it was hitting."

Larry was in the basement of his home while his wife was up in the kitchen. The storm hit so fast, they didn't have time to get to cover. Larry was concerned for his wife.

"The main thing was, I just ran upstairs and I couldn't get up there because it was locked," he said.

"That's what was so frightening," said Karen Bailey. "You see light up above and then things hitting you forcefully. Then you hear that cracking and breaking and things hitting one another. That's what was scary."

Zack Thompson was in Trenton and saw the clouds forming to the north of the city. He got in his car and started heading that direction. Almost directly ahead of him was a funnel cloud that would form the tornado that struck the Bailey's home.

"I really didn't know what to think," Thompson said. "I've never seen anything like this. It's something you see on TV. You don't think you're actually going to see it in person."

Thompson said he had never met the Bailey's before, but he was the first one to arrive at their house after the tornado passed. He wanted to help in the clean up.

"She (Mrs. Bailey) didn't know what to think," Thompson said. "Her house is gone. Tornadoes are no joke. It'll twist a house in half."

Thompson was the first of dozens who showed up to help in the clean up. Larry Bailey was appreciative of the community support.

"This is Trenton, it's a rural area," he said. "That's what's nice about people up here.

Grundy County Emergency Management Manager Glen Briggs says the tornado might have caught many by surprise.

"A lot of people heard the forecast and woke up to 30-some degrees and thought, yeah, no tornadoes today," he said. "Hopefully this will be a wake up call to everyone and they'll realize no month of the year is immune to tornadoes."

While the Bailey's are shook up from their experience and they know they have a big clean up ahead, they are looking forward to the weekend.

"We're okay," Larry Bailey said. "I'm going to see my grandkids this weekend."

The Bailey's home was insured.

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