Tuesday Storm Blows Cow Barn Onto Road


Storms on Tuesday night, May 21, blew a 50-by-280 cow barn onto School House Road, three and a half miles south of Fillmore.

The barn, belonging to Aaron Janssen, had been built near the intersection of School House Road and Horse Lane in January 2018.  The storm sheared off dozens of eight-by-eight poles supporting the structure and blew it north onto School House Road.

Neighbors and family have been helping the Janssens gather up the 247 feeder cattle that were turned out and spooked by the storm.

"We're still chasing cows today," Aaron Janssen said on Monday evening.  "It's been a long week.  We're all getting tired."

Janssen said cattle have been recovered as far as four and a half miles away. Fewer than 30 cattle remain at large.  Those who find any that may belong on the Janssen farm may call him at 217-556-7326.

Some of the cattle have been temporarily sheltered with family and a number of other places; some have been sold.

"There is good in rural Central Illinois," Janssen's mother, Pat Janssen, posted on social media, adding that the storm damage left "247 cattle homeless and wandering.  Many neighbors came to round them up in drenching rain, and at 10 p.m."

Hamlin and Jones Excavation and Drainage of Nokomis spent Friday cleaning the debris off the road.


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