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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 3 March 2008 in Plant & Nature.

The aftermath of a tornado that ripped through Wisconsin on January 7, 2008. I'm standing at what used to be my sibling's kitchen looking to the rear yard where debris is thrown about, yellow insulation is spotted on ground of rear yard and dangling from tree branches (background) and 2 x 4's are broken like match sticks. In the foreground are the double French doors and framing from the dining room.

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Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is so sad. Tragedies become so impersonal. We hear about so much in the world. Thank you for reminding us that tragedy always has a human face.

3 Mar 2008 5:27am

@Michael Rawluk: I so agree with how tragedies are impersonal. And we've become numb, too.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Amazing the destructive force here. Where was your sibling at the time?

3 Mar 2008 5:36am

@Michael Skorulski: Luckily my sibling was at work and the children were shopping. Had it been a weekend day........

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Good grief! Natures dark side.
A well documented shot of what was once your siblings home.

3 Mar 2008 10:19am

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Nothing I can say will make it better... neither will it help to ask WHY? All one can do, is to 'pick up the pieces' and move on. I ask for healing energy around this family, it definately is NOT easy.

3 Mar 2008 11:28am

Lemuel from United States

My hat is always off to people who live through such destruction - whether from the forces of nature (as here) or from warfare - and who go back and pick up the pieces and go on.

3 Mar 2008 1:53pm

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

nothing to say . . . That is so sad . . .

3 Mar 2008 2:16pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang Prigge from Granby, QC, Canada

What a destruction! Glad nobody was hurt, material losses can be fixed... I prefer a snowstorm any time.

3 Mar 2008 3:40pm

MJ from Delaware, United States

great shot for the destruction, so glad your family is fine... even thoughthe loss is great.

3 Mar 2008 6:26pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I hope everyone is fine. Being from Oklahoma, I've seen this sight too many times....

3 Mar 2008 6:32pm

standley from Brou-sur-Chantereine, France

Very sad shot. You've been very lucky in a way here!

3 Mar 2008 10:39pm

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

No way to stop the power of nature!

3 Mar 2008 11:04pm

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

I hope your sibling recovers quickly from that!

3 Mar 2008 11:25pm

Greg from Long Beach, CA, United States

All I can say is "Wow". I'm glad your family survived this.

4 Mar 2008 12:46am

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Unbelievable... fortunately you and your family is ok ;)

6 Mar 2008 6:18am