Tornado destroys family farm in Grant County

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

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

Grant County emergency management said a tornado first touched down on a farm on Tormey Road off of Highway 18 Sunday night, taking down much of the family's farm. It's the most devastation they've had in their more than 40 years of living there.

The Kepharts weren't home when the tornado touched down but were warned about the destruction.

"Everyone was telling us this it was bad so you're kind of half way prepared but never prepared for everything like this," said Rosell Kephart.

The farm's been in the family since the 1930s, and today most of it is gone.

"Machine shed, that's gone. Cattle shed out there, that's gone," said Kephart.

An F-1 tornado swiped the farm on Tormey road off of Highway 18, but it didn't stop there.

"There's a damage path just east of Fennimore and extends through most of the rest of the county to highland. It kind of skipped from place to place a little bit," said Grant Co. Emergency management director, Steve Braun.

Braun says many Wisconsin tornadoes are small and short lived, this one spanned many miles. They're still cleaning up from the storm in Platteville.

"This is definitely an active weather pattern," said Braun. "We handle the incident no matter how big it is.

"Don't know all were gonna do yet," said Kephart.

The community's come together to help the Kepharts rebuild, and that's what many families will be doing this week.

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