Franklin County residents cleaning up after hard-hitting storm

Franklin County

Franklin County residents spent Tuesday cleaning up all the damage from Monday night’s thunderstorms. 

The storms brought torrential rain and 70 mile-per-hour winds to Colrain, knocking down trees and power wires. One falling tree narrowly missed a house on Reils Lane. 

“We heard the crack and we heard this one in front us go, but two more good size ones also fell,” said Bob White of Colrain.

The powerful winds also caused the collapse of a barn under construction in Colrain. Strong winds from these severe thunderstorms knocked the barn right off of its foundation.

Dar Ridge Farm said the barn was housing 55 pigs when the storm hit. They were able to save most of them, but two of them were killed when the barn collapsed. 

“We were able to grab a chainsaw and were able to cut some out, but we lost a couple,” said Scott Roberts, owner of Dar Ridge Farm. “Within short order, there were 75 to 100 people here helping us out.”

Roberts told 22News the barn was 75 percent complete and was intended to house 300 pigs once the expansion was finished. He said they will be able to salvage some of the framework, but they will have to build a new barn. 

Roberts said they’ll contact the state and see if they can provide any funding to help them replace the barn. 

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