Storm decimates trailer home

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle Justin Weller and his girlfriend Tiffany stand in front of their mobile home at 211 Santa Fe the evening of Sunday June 1, nearly 24 hours after high wind uprooted the large tree shown in photo and pushed it over and onto their home. The Wellers and their two girls were gone from home at the time of the storm. Weller said he has no insurance on the structure.

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle
Justin Weller and his girlfriend Tiffany stand in front of their mobile home at 211 Santa Fe the evening of Sunday June 1, nearly 24 hours after high wind uprooted the large tree shown in photo and pushed it over and onto their home. The Wellers and their two girls were gone from home at the time of the storm. Weller said he has no insurance on the structure.

Without warning, wind gusts up to 80 mph ripped through Sherburne Village mobile home park on Saturday evening, May 31, damaging homes and leaving behind a path of uprooted trees. The damage from the storm was extensive at the mobile home park, located a mile south of Princeton on Sherburne County Road 2 in Baldwin Township. Several large trees were uprooted by what was believed to be straight-line winds. A couple of homes were completely destroyed by the storm, but no injuries were reported. Heather Crownover said in her three years at the park, she had never seen anything like this. The only warning she had was her cellphone application that indicated flash floods were possible in the area. “I was sitting on my couch, and 30 seconds later the carpet was soaked. It’s amazing no one was hurt,” she said. Tiffany and Justin Weller were not at home when the storm hit. “I got a call from a neighbor that there was a tree on our house,” Justin Weller said. When the Wellers arrived home, they found the walls of their trailer imploded where their children would have been sleeping. “We are just taking one day at a time,” Justin Weller said. The park management has been helpful to them as they make decisions about what to do next, he said. Charlie Foster said he was just sitting in his room when he felt a loud thump. “We had a branch fall on my grandpa’s truck. I have lived here since I was 8, so I am used to it,” Foster said. Some residents were not aware of the extensive damage to the park until Sunday morning when they found trees uprooted, homes damaged and vehicles crushed. Six-year-old Blake Pearson and 10-year-old Jaxson McCray were given the job of transporting water bottles to people cleaning up the debris on Sunday. Blake, a kindergartner at South Elementary said it felt good to help out. Jaxson, a third-grader at North Elementary, said he was watching a movie when the rain started slamming on his window. “It was scary. I thought there was going to be a tornado,” Jaxson said. Janell Whitcomb, manager of Sherburne Country Mobile Park, said that the severe weather plan for park residents is to go across Sherburne County Road 2 to the Princeton Evangelical Free Church for shelter. Unfortunately, this storm came with no warning, no sirens. “The storm came out of nowhere, and before you could even blink an eye, it was gone,” Whitcomb said.

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