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Storms Rip Through Belleville Spreading Debris

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Residents in St. Clair County appear to be the hardest hit by the storm damage. The damage is extensive and quite shocking considering the majority of the viewing area saw limited damage.

This is not the case off of Cloverleaf Road in Belleville. Sheds were blown to pieces and debris is scattered everywhere. A 53 foot trailer being used as storage was firmly secured in the ground. The wind picked it up and tossed it about 40 feet from where it was. The winds ripped the roof off and everything inside is now is scattered as far as the eye can see.

The Hagen family woke up to the sound of the pounding rain and hail. When their electricity went out and the wind started to shake the home they knew they were in trouble. Since they didn't have a basement, the Hagen's took shelter on the floor. Within seconds the storm was over. Then they immediately saw water pouring inside. Their roof was partially torn off, the home was lifted from the foundation and several windows were shattered.
once they got outside they found more damage on their property.

Clothes, toys, bedding and a 53 inch TV that was stored in a trailer has disappeared into the nearby woods. A brand new camper was also lifted and tossed into the woods, some of the pieces dangle from the trees. The Hagen's spent Tuesday assessing the damage and trying to temporarily patch the windows and roof until the insurance adjustor comes on Wednesday. They are still in a state of shock but thankful no one was hurt.

The family thinks a brief tornado touched down along Clover Leaf road you can see similar damage that starts about a 1/2 mile West of here. More damage starts about 1/2 mile East of here on the campus of Belleville West High School.

The National Weather Service will make the final call.

That wasn't the only spot in Belleville that felt the brunt of the storm. Two barns next to the Belleville West High School got blown apart.

Clean up crews are picking up the pieces strewn across playing fields at the school. The barns served as job training centers for about 50 students. A shed and bleachers picked up by the strong winds are still missing. One neighbor had several trees destroyed in his yard. Desite the damage the school still held classes.

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