Ingham County Reeling After Storm

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

It's hard to know where to start when your yard, your car and your house look like this.

"My car is totaled, completely totaled," says Diana Thacker. "The house has damage to the roof. I have a jungle in my front yard."

Friday's tornado has reduced Thacker's property to a foliage-filled danger zone.

Mangled wires and splintered wood are the least of her worries. She says insurance won't cover her car, crunched to bits by a tree.

"I don't know what my next step is," she says.

It's a similar situation in Lavina Skinner's yard.

"It's a mess, it basically is," she says. "One-hundred-year-old trees basically just ruined."

The scene Friday at the Cottonwood Campground in Lansing was mass chaos, when a tree crushed a camper with a family inside. The scene the day after the storm isn't much better; the tree has been cut in half, the trailer has somehow been removed, but there's still devastation and destruction as far as the eye can see.

"I don't think I want to go through this again," says Jerry Cole, who weathered the storm with his wife in their RV at the campground. They had just arrived there earlier Friday, a quick stop-over before heading home to Florida. An eight-foot tree limb sliced through his roof during the storm.

"Like a dagger, standing straight up."

Trees might be down, but spirits are up in Thacker's neighborhood, where people were gathering for a cookout. It was, somehow, a happy end to a difficult 24 hours that no one will soon forget.


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