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Local hog confinement deals with storm aftermath


After just 10 minutes in their home's safe room, Lane Tabke came outside to find destruction all over his property.

"It was way worse than I thought it was going to be," Moville, Iowa Farm Owner Lane Tabke said.

Tabke said in the safe room, the tornado didn't sound this bad.

"You could hear the wind whistling and you could hear stuff hitting the side of the house, but that was about it," Lane said.

Tabke's wife, Kathy, was out of town when the tornado struck. She came home after the storm rolled through, to find five grain bins strewn about their yard and the tops of the hog confinements blown away. But, her number one concern was her family.

"Knowing that they were not injured, didn't even receive a scratch, that's what's important. Everything else is just stuff," Kathy said.

The family owns about 2,000 hogs and considering the damage, they weren't too upset by the number that were lost.

"We lost about 50 hogs, but I'm surprised that's all we lost. Some of them get crippled legs, some of them get cut up from the flying tin. But, it was just to be expected. There was nothing we could do about it," Lane said.

Most of the hogs have been taken to market, a few still roam the property.

And, neighbors are doing what neighbors do in Iowa, helping the Tabke's pick up the pieces.

"Living in Iowa is an absolute pleasure. I would not live anywhere else because of the people who jump in and work when you need the help," Kathy said.

They plan on re-building their home in the exact location where they've lived for 37 years, but Lane said they haven't made a final decision about the hogs just yet.

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