So a large cottonwood tree fell on our barn this evening. It was about 50 feet from our barn. We had tried to have this tree taken down 2 years ago but the tree service kept postponing it because of windy weather and it never got done. One week ago we noticed that the trunk was splitting. We called at least 6 different tree services, only 2 of which returned our calls. One offered to come out on 3/27 to look at the tree. We moved our tractor and quad out of the way and hoped we could get someone to help us. But then tonight, in a downpour it fell. I had just taken a bath and was painting my toenails and Tom was bringing the dogs into the house out of the rain when we heard a large explosion in our backyard. We both thought lightning had struck but it was the tree. It happened just as it was getting dark. Here is the tree on the barn.
This is a view further down the trunk of the tree with the freaked out goats in the background.
This shows where the trunk was rotten. The blackened area was rotten and only the yellowish area was holding this large portion of the tree.
We then went into the barn to see the damage. Here is the northwest corner of the barn from the inside. The roof is coming down, the door and window are broken, and the electrical line is disrupted.
It is hard to see in the photo but there is glass everywhere on the ground.
The goats are still standing in the downpour. Anyone who knows goats knows that they despise rain so that they were out there indicates how scared they are.
We then went up into the hay loft. Here is where the tree landed on the roof, collapsing it.
We found two really tough chickens. They are roosting right where the tree hit and stayed there. Amazing!
So then we proceeded to get supplies to tarp the hay in the loft from the rain pouring in and pick up the glass on the floor. I had run out of the house as soon as my toenail polish had dried and had not bandaged my finger wound up. I had ripped the skin off my wound while in the barn so went back to the house to bandage myself up before returning to the barn for urgent work.
After we finished tarping the hay and raking up the floor and adding straw, we noticed that the tree had gone completely over our 40 x 60 foot barn and left quite a few branches in our old sheep pen. Daphnie had fallen over and needed to be uprighted but nobody seemed injured.
Here is the tree top over the roof of the barn from the other side.
And here is the view walking back to the house. Look at the size of the tree where it hit the corner of the barn.
So Tom and I have decided that this week sucked. I have been out of work because of my finger injury. Duke’s eye ruptured and needed surgery. And then a giant cottonwood tree severely damaged our barn and traumatized our animals. Next we have to figure out what our next steps are. Wish us luck dealing with this mess.