Two freestall barns, a milking parlor, a heifer barn, a shop and a house at the Wetzel family farm, Pebbles Knoll Dairy, were heavily damaged by an EF1 tornado on Aug. 28, 2018.
Debris is scattered all along Hemp Road in Waupun Township, Wis., in front of the Wetzel family dairy farm after a tornado hit the farm on Aug. 28, 2018.
All the cows at the Wetzel farm were moved to eight area farms after a tornado severely damaged several buildings and a house on the farm on Aug. 28, 2018.
This freestall barn at the Wetzel farm was destroyed during a tornado that hit the farm on Aug. 28, 2018.
The Wetzel family rebuilt their freestall barns, which were shredded in the storm last August. Pictured are Eric (left), Danielle, Kendal (in front), Karsyn, Liz, Gail and Dick Wetzel, and herdsman Jason Ganske. The Wetzels are hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 at their farm, to thank the community for its help in their rebuilding efforts.
3 GENERATIONS ON FARM
Eric Wetzel (left), his daughters Karsyn and Liz, and his father, Dick, all work at Pebbles Knoll Dairy. The Wetzels have rebuilt their dairy after it was destroyed by a tornado on Aug. 28, 2018.
The roof on a heifer barn was ripped off during a storm that hit the Wetzels’ farm on Aug. 28, 2018. The storm dumped between 6 and 7 inches of rain, causing flooding in the area.
A semitrailer was overturned during the tornado that hit the Wetzel farm on Aug. 28, 2018. More than a foot of rain fell on the area in the days before the storm, causing flooding.
LEANING POWER POLES
The storm caused power poles to lean in front of the Wetzel farm on Hemp Road in Waupun Township, Wis.
This pile of rubble was all that was left of the Wetzels’ farm shop after a tornado hit the dairy farm on Aug. 28, 2018. Less than a year later, the cows have returned and the farm is back in business.