Northeast Kansas Farm Damaged by Strong Winds

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 07/08 2014 10:05PM

Updated 07/08 2014 10:34PM

(EFFINGHAM, Kan.) It was a day of clean up for the Hoffman family.

Strong storms destroyed a barn and other equipment on the family's 120 acre farm in Effingham, Kansas.

"In a matter of seconds it was over with," said Jesse Hoffman.

The straight line winds in Effingham were so strong that they completely flipped a trailer. The Hoffman family says they're just happy nobody was hurt.

"We're very fortunate in so many ways," said Jeff Hoffman, the landowner. "Nobody was hurt, our home wasn't harmed."

The farm has been in the Hoffman family for nearly a century, passed on with each generation.

"A lot of memories were harmed with our barn," Jeff said. "My grandfather built that in 1919. It was gone pretty fast."

Because the heaviest damage in town happened at the Hoffman's, neighbors rallied together to help the family out.

"We've had friends from as far away as Kansas City, Smithville, Missouri, that came today and brought equipment," Jeff said. "We're lucky to live where we live."

Bobcats helped tear down the barn, while others helped pick up debris.

"We could not have cleaned this up that quickly without the communities help," Jesse said.

At the end of the day, after the Hoffman's had a chance to see what they lost, they set the debris on fire.

A century of history gone. But the Hoffman's say they're ready to start again.

"We'll build a barn or a shop," Jeff said.

But for now, they're thankful for those that have helped out in their time of need.

"It's an amazing experience to see the whole community come together," Jesse said. "It was a pretty isolated accident. Luckily everyone put their attention on us and we're really, really thankful."

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