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Heavy Winds Destroy Family Farm in Berlin

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One of two empty chicken houses picked up and moved at least 20 feet. One of two empty chicken houses picked up and moved at least 20 feet.

BERLIN, Md. - Heavy winds from Saturday's late afternoon storm left a trail of destruction on a family's farm in Berlin.

Carol Brittingham says she and her family almost lost everything. They are still in shock after waking up to a leveled building, uprooted trees and much of their belongings scattered across a neighboring cornfield.

"I cried. I mean, I like lost everything," Brittingham said.

Brittingham and her family lived in their home on Ninepin Branch Road for more than 20 years. She's never seen anything like it.

"It's just unbelievable. I'm glad I wasn't here," she said. " I'm glad me and my children were not here."

The family was gone when the storm came. However, three dogs were in the house. The home suffered roof damage, but nothing like the six other buildings on the farm. Two empty chicken houses took the biggest hit. Brittingham said the wind picked them up and moved them.

Family friend Kyle Ailstock says he can't believe what happened.

"That [chicken house] is about 400 feet," Ailstock said. "It moved about 25 to 30 feet. There had to be some pretty strong winds to be able to do that."

Three barns were impacted. Debris was scattered throughout the yard. A nearby irrigation system overturned, and the family's mobile home was lodged between two trees.

Brittingham and her fiancee', Brian Knight, canvassed the area for toys that were blown off the porch.

"It's devastating," Knight said. " It just looks like somebody came through and just twisted it over."

Brittingham said she has insurance on everything except the non-working chicken houses. She said each house will cost $15,000 to have it removed.

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