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Severe Storms Damage, Destroy Homes in Louisa County

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Residents spent Sunday picking up the pieces in Louisa after heavy rain and wind destroyed property Friday. Residents spent Sunday picking up the pieces in Louisa after heavy rain and wind destroyed property Friday.

Severe storms ripped through Louisa County and parts of central Virginia on Friday, snapping trees in half and damaging entire homes. Many had just finished rebuilding from 2011 earthquake that rattled the area.

Residents spent Sunday picking up the pieces in Louisa after heavy rain and wind destroyed property Friday.  One man's roof was almost ripped completely off his home and one couple lost a home that had been in the family for more than a century.

Bill and Elizabeth Baucom had their family's treasure taken away from them in an instant.

"The house was built in 1892 by Elizabeth's great-great-grandparents," Bill said.  "I'm still devastated because I've never been through anything like this before and it's rough dealing with something like this, especially a house that's been in the family for 140 or so years." 

Bill ran to the back of his house when severe storms rolled through Louisa County Friday night, leaving another round of destruction. He said, "I saw the big tree to our right, I saw it go down first.  And then I ran to the back of the house because the wind was coming from this direction."

Two chimneys on the Baucoms' home were damaged after the 2011 earthquake. The house will now have to be demolished. Neighbor Charles Gittman says he got a glimpse of Friday's natural disaster. 

"I just happened to poke my head to the side and I seen a funnel type cloud coming down," he said.

Soon after, Gittman got a call from his son who told him their roof had almost blown completely off their home.  He had just finished about $5,000 of repairs on damage from the earthquake.  

"The ceiling in the upstairs bedroom is completely gone. Downstairs, the ceiling is water damaged so I don't know if that's got to be replaced," Gittman said.

Both families say their faith will help them move forward.

"All the people from the church have helped out and called and prayed for us so that's the only thing that's going to help us. We'll get through it," Baucom said.

The Baucoms are currently staying with family living next door.

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