WSAZ - Local News and Breaking News Coverage for West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

Mingo County Family's Home Destroyed by Storm


MINGO COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- A family is left with nothing after a storm blew the roof off their house. More than 24 hours later, they're trying to figure out what to do next.

Standing outside of his damaged home, Fred Schwaben is in shock.

"It was intense, it was seriously intense, I mean I've never experienced anything in 37 years like it," said Schwaben.

Friday morning, he and his family woke up to a storm so powerful, it blew the front door open.

"It's just such a loud noise, it sounds like a train is coming through the house," said Crystal Davis.

"I'm a 220 pound man, it just shoved me across the floor like I was a little kid," said Schwaben.

But the gusts also tore the house's roof off and split a wall.

"It sounds like the whole house is just coming apart," said Davis.

The damage opened their home to rainfall, and water destroyed their furniture, clothes and belongings.

"All the sudden, all the rain was coming through the house, it was like we were standing outside," said 11-year-old Shelby Schwaben.

Pieces of the tin roof still lay on the ground and in trees, and a pole that was once attached to the home, is split in two.

"Something I've never been through in my life and never want to experience again," said Davis.

Now, the family is assessing the damage and trying to clean up.

"Everything we got is destroyed, ruined," said Davis.

"It's sad seeing it like that," said Schwaben.

Fred Schwaben said all they can do is start over and hope for help.

"We worked on it for about five years and we lived in it the last two working on it, and it took less than five minutes to destroy it," said Schwaben.

The American Red Cross is helping the family by providing a hotel room through Monday.

After that, the family said they're not sure what will happen.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 246716941 - wsaz.com/a?a=246716941