STORM TEAM: Family rebuilding after storm

(WEAU) - Jill Jentlie and her son Ben were coming home from her parent’s house in Stanley, when the storm hit.

"I was in the vehicle when it came through on the North Crossing. It was straight line winds. It was terrifying," said Jill Jentlie who lives in Eau Claire.

Jill says they said a prayer to calm his nerves and it was answered. He ended up falling asleep as the pickup truck shook but luckily stood its ground.

Meanwhile her husband says he was on his way from Menomonie.

"I was probably five minutes behind the storm. I had just pulled in my driveway and the neighbors were all coming out of their houses," said Matt Jentlie.

He came home to large maple tree on top of their shed which not only hit it but destroyed Ben’s swing set as well.

The Jentlie family says they built the shed about 5 years ago and the tree on-top of it caused it to lift off the ground on one side by about 3 ft.

The family was without power for a few days, but Matt says his father bought a backup generator for them right away.

"We hooked it up and been sharing power with neighbors so everybody can take turns running their freezers, refrigerators," said Matt.

The family does hope to go camping over Memorial Day weekend, but living without power has given them a sense of it.

"Its almost like camping. We have a grill to use for our food, and I heat up water for my tea and whatever else," said Jill.

The family says they’ll miss their shade trees, but are glad everyone's ok.

"All the neighbors are coming together its great we're talking to neighbors a block over that we never get to see," said Jill.


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