Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:07 PM by John Sherer - MTN News
Updated: Sep 6, 2013 7:40 PM
Whitehall is cleaning up today after last night's storm, and many are counting their blessings because even though one woman was hurt, it could have been much worse.
Jacki Simpson and Dean Bowen did not have insurance on the mobile home or its contents. A fund has been set up for them at the Bank of Butte. They need a place to live, household items, kitchen items, clothing, and Jacki says most of all, prayers.
"Unbelievable, I couldn't believe that I was alive and I couldn't tell which end was up," said Simpson who suffered minor injuries from the storm.
"And I was right underneath here and the bed was on top of me and everything else and whatever else was on top of that," said Bowen. "And I crawled out, I crawled out through here and no shoes, I ran through the mud hole, grabbed my truck, ran around the house looking for Jackie, trying to find her."
"The carpet was above my head and I thought, ‘well I'm not upside down or the blood would be rushing to my head.' And, I'm sort of sideways," said Simpson.
Everyone we spoke to agrees the storm was short, but fierce.
"I got stuck in the hail right down by the Forest Service building," said Sarah Salsbury, was on the way back to her ranch when the storm hit. "And that was... shook my car and that was pretty nerve wracking for me."
"Then, I come home and our pivot's laid over, and our barn's gone, and the sheep wagon's in the middle of the driveway," she said.
From the interstate, you can see the path of destruction. From the park in town, the airplane hanger, which landed in the interstate, Jacki's trailer and then Sarah's ranch.
"We always have something in our ranch life," said Salsbury.
"We're just really grateful to be alive and grateful that nobody else was seriously hurt," said Simpson.
"And then the rainbow came out and it's like nothing had happened," added Salsbury.