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Tornado damages homes near Bennet

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Posted By:  Jenn Schanz

Just northeast of Bennet, there are uprooted trees, collapsed buildings and broken windows. It's what is left of Thursday night's tornado that hit the area.  The damage was sporadic, but for those affected by the storm, it's devastating. 

"It's an emotional rollercoaster but yet I gotta keep my head on straight because there's nothing I could have done about the storm. All I can do is help my family, try and do what we can, pick up the pieces," Kirk Jensen said.

Estimates on the damage are still up in the air.

Clark Jensen owns the home.  He has relatives living there.  He says property can always be replaced, and he's just glad his family is ok.

"They don't even have a scratch on them, and they weren't even able to get to the basement when it all happened. So they heard a lot of it as it was taking place and I'm just happy they're fine," Clark Jensen said.

As dozens of family and friends pitch in to help clean up the worst destruction their home has ever seen, they also remember a storm that was even worst.

"The Hallam tornado was a half mile to my southeast from where I'm standing. And it did major damage for fifty miles," Eldon Schroder said.

"The home has been in the Jensen family since 1952 when their grandfather built it. Now despite the devastating damage, family members tell they're just grateful no one was hurt."


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