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Residents clean up after storm rips through Mid-Michigan

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ST. CHARLES, MI (WNEM) -

The clean-up continues after Mother Nature unleashed a fury of rain, hail and strong winds on Mid-Michigan.

Trees are down and power is still out to some after Sunday's strong storms.

Those storms ushered in a change in the weather, bringing cloudy skies and some very un-July like temperatures to Mid-Michigan.

"It sounded like a freight train coming through," said Michael Casassa, co-owner of Casassa Farms.

Severe storms and strong winds hit their family farm in St. Charles.

The first thing he did was make sure his family and the animals were OK. Then he noticed the tin from the roof was no longer on the roof of his barn.

"There was tin flying everywhere, and they weren't sure what was going on," Casassa said.

He said the cows and pigs, while shaken up, weathered the storm well. However, the roof is still in pieces all over the farm.

"The roof and it spun off and hit other barns. And we have another farm about a quarter mile down, and it pretty much destroyed that one also," Casassa said.

On Monday there was trim lying in trees and branches where the roof should be. 

"Extra work cleaning up, finding boards everywhere, basically extra work we wouldn't normally have to do," Casassa said, adding he predicts at least two days of clean up.

The barn will be roof-less for about a week, but the biggest battle is the financial challenge of rebuilding, he said.

"We're just going over that today, we've got carpenters in and they're going to get it fixed and we'll have to figure out if insurance will cover any of it or not," Casassa said.

Residents have seen strong storms before, in fact they had damage last month. But Casassa said nothing like this storm.

The important thing is his family is safe. He just hopes insurance will cover the rest.

"Kind of a helpless feeling, because you can't control it so there's nothing you can do. Nobody got hurt so we'll move on. It's just buildings, so we'll get it re-built," Casassa said.

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