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Mt. Sterling residents deal with damage from severe storm

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MOUNT STERLING, Illinois (WGEM) -- From cars crushed by trees, to crops flattened by hail, people in Mount Sterling are dealing with destruction brought by Friday night's severe thunderstorm.

Jeff Barfield has lived in Mount Sterling, Illinois for over 50 years and said he has never seen a storm do so much damage.

"See right through there you can tell is broke off just above the ear…where the ear would be," Barfield said.

He said now he's dealing with holes in his house, dents in his car and destroyed crops, all from hail.

"I turned it into the insurance this morning and they're so swamped, they'll get to me when they get to me," Barfield said.

He said some of the corn is permanently damaged there's nothing he could do about it.

"There is no replanting or anything like that," Barfield said.

Chris Kassing, who owns Kassing Lumber said the ceiling tiles inside the building are damaged and part of the roof on his storage shed was blown off.

"Well now that it's cleared out, we got a lot of the mess pulled out. We're trying to get everything dried out," Kassing said. "We pulled all of the ceiling tile out and we're getting it dried out."

He said he expects the damage to cost him nearly $250,000.

"I just was glad that I guess it wasn't worse than it was. We could've lost all of our product and not have been able to open," Kassing said. "I was really more concerned about our employees, so that they still had a place to come to."

A.C. McCartney Equipment, the Brown County High School baseball dugout and Prairieland Fuel are a few other places in town that were also damaged.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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