Highland hit hard by recent storms

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 ---- 5:30 p.m.

Iowa County was one of the hardest hit areas, and now homeowners in Highland are hoping the worst is over. One family has lived there for more than two decades, the other; just three weeks. But now they have something in common; the damage done from that powerful storm.

Matt Bomkamp and his family just moved into their new home. "It was a long process, it was a cold winter. It took all winter long and we just moved in three weeks ago," he said. Sunday night is a night they won't soon forget. Bomkamp added, "it was just like in the movies the whole house just shook."

They were right in the destructive storm's path, Matt taking his young son and pregnant wife for cover. "My mother actually called me and said get to the basement, and we did and we got lucky," he said.

When it was safe, they looked outside to find the garage door torn off; landing right on top of their cars. And they weren't the only one's with damage. Scott Palan said, "the lightning was just unbelievable; going off and on and off and on." Neighbor Scott Palan and his wife finding shelter in the basement just in time. He added, "we just got into the basement and that's when stuff let go."

The hobby farmer lost his chicken butchering shop, a silver shed and a barn he was in the process of tearing down. But the things that matter most, were safe. He added, "I know that this is devastating big time but this can be replaced, lives can't be."

Both families say they'll stay in the homes and rebuild the damaged areas. Both homeowners have insurance and are already working on those repairs.

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