Last night, the midwest was hit with big storms, thunder and lightening, and ultimately, tornados in February. Keith was called out on vacation to go to Harveyville, a small town of 275 about 40 miles south of Topeka, which was hit hard by a tornado. As he said this evening, it was incredible how an F2 tornado could make such a narrow swath of destruction through the little town.
People automatically think that the federal government steps in and provides low-cost aid and loans to the people who are injured in these disasters, but that is not true at all. In fact, since there were no municipal buildings hurt in the little town, they are not going to qualify for federal aid at all, and that is part of Keith's (unfortunate) job to tell them. He did help coordinate disaster aid to them, however, and will be back down there tomorrow doing the same. Debris removal will start right away, and hopefully, many of those whose houses were destroyed will prove to have insurance.
One man, unfortunately, was injured grievously, and may not make it. Please pray for his family, who has been so devastated by this natural disaster. Already in the next town over, though, are 1000 volunteers who are waiting for the word to come in and help, Red Cross, Methodist churchpeople, the Mennonites, and all those other folks who come in behind these terrible events, and try to get people back on an even keel. They need our prayers, too.
Since Keith left so very early in the morning, I did chores here alone.
This was how the big henhouse looked this morning... the door had blown open in the terrible winds we had last night.
If you look closely, you can see the dry interior of the coop just beyond the door. This was slick, shoe sucking mud, about six inches deep, and if you look hard, you'll see my footprints. This was the accumulation of feed, etc. from the winter on the feed room side, where Butch, Reddy, and Fancy and April live. UGH.
Pile I dug out so I could get back and forth without falling on my tush.
I had to spread straw to do so, it was so slick. We've never had this much rain inside the henhouse. I unplugged the last heater that was plugged in, the llama tank. It's done for the winter.
Unfortunately, this was wating for me on the dry side. It was Ruby, our oldest hen. Ruby, Rosy, Helen and Rambo (Big Rambo, father of our Rambo now) were all adopted from the Olathe Animal Control office 8 years ago. Ruby was still laying an egg every three days or so, and was a smart, smart girl who taught the other hens. She regularly came over to the feed room side to lay, and hang out with Butch. My guess is it was her time, and she must have falled off the rafters during the storm last night. She was a great old girl.
Here is proof of Keith's engineering expertise... the hoop house stood through the 80 mile an hour winds last night, and is none the worse for wear! And, in case you can't tell... that's a red-winged blackbird on the flat feeder, the first I've seen this year... Spring is really HERE!