Elkhorn Home Shattered by Storm

For some homeowners the rain only added insult to the injury from the wind.

At 195th and fort in Elkhorn, Cliff Karthauser told us, “Not in my wildest dreams did I think I lost the roof to my home."

Once it seemed the worst of it had passed, Karthauser opened the door to the semi bomb shelter and was greeted by what was left of his roof sitting on what was left of his floor.

Wet insulation covered everything like a blanket resembling snow in the living room.

Cliff said, “It sounded like a locomotive coming through."

After waiting for 15 minutes or so underground, the empty-nesters quickly escaped to neighbors with their dog.

Karthauser said, "The intensity of the wind, it had to be 90 to 100 miles-per-hour hour when it hit. You're in a state of sheer panic and shock and you're not sure what to do. My first thing was to get out of the house."

Later, neighbors helped collect belongings that can never be replaced.

Cliff said, "A bunch of neighbors came and we got our photo albums out - kids and grandkids; things that are irreplaceable."

They built the home seven years ago because of the people in and around the Elkhorn neighborhood. The storm proved what they already suspected: the neighbors had their back.

Karthauser isn't sure about the next step but aside from the devastating storm and his damaged home the other variables of good neighbors are still intact.

Cliff told us that he was tracking the storm on radar on his iPad from underground and that he could see the colors changing meaning the storm kept packing more of a punch as it got closer.


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