Employees crawl through debris to get to shelter as storm hit Carney

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CARNEY, Okla. – One day after severe storms hit Oklahoma, the owners of a trailer ranch in Lincoln County near Carney are assessing the damage to their shop and barn.

“A bunch of rain. It got really loud. You could kind of hear stuff banging around outside,” said Lena Swanson, an Oklahoma Trailer Ranch employee.

Swanson said that’s what she heard when the storm rolled into the county.

“The electricity went off right like that, and we were in the dark, and we went to run out to the storm shelter,” Swanson said.

However, when Swanson and her boyfriend ran to the shelter, they found it buried in debris.

“That building had blown over already, so we kind of had to crawl through all of the debris to get in there,” Swanson said.

Swanson and her boyfriend were able to make it safely to the shelter.

Both Swanson and employee Johnney Cavett said losing the shop will be really hard on business until repairs are made.

“That’s where we did trailer maintenance or work on our trailers. We have a welder in there, a well compressor, lots of inventory, tires, rims, all kinds of stuff,” Cavett said.

The barn was damaged too, but luckily no animals or employees were hurt.

“It was kind of sickening almost just to know how lucky you are that something that bad hits that close to home. I mean, it was 10 feet away from the house. So, we’re pretty lucky,” Swanson said.

The owners don’t yet know how much the damages will cost.

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