‘I wasn’t hurt and no one else was hurt, that’s the main thing,’ Homeowner speaks after severe storm causes damage

Milford, DE. – In the blink of an eye, skies turned gray, winds became stronger, and a feeling of uncertainty took over the Milford area.

“It started two houses down from me and it went right up the street, I’m guessing it stayed down on the ground for about three quarters of a mile,” said Bob Brichard, a homeowner whos home was damaged during the storms.

Roofs torn off homes, trees ripped out of the ground and electrical lines caught on fire.

The aftermath of a storm that touched down at 5 p.m., Thursday evening.

Bob Brichard, watched the entire thing unfold right from his home.

“I’m one of the luckier ones, I lost trees, and damaged my RV, and one side of my house is caved in,” said Brichard.

Bob’s neighbors, weren’t so lucky.

Their home now unlivable — the Red Cross stepping in to give them a place to sleep tonight.

In a matter of hours, what some thought was just a warning from the National Weather Service, quickly turned into a sight even the local fire department was taken back by.

“It’s a bit overwhelming to realize that these people put a lot into their money, time, effort into their homes and we’re here on their worst day. We’re here to help, we’re here to be here in a time of need,” said Kent Glasco, Assistant Fire Chief for the Memorial Volunteer Fire Company.

But at the end of the day, those who spoke to 47ABC agreed, property can be replaced, but lives cannot.

“I’ll have water damage all over the inside, but I wasn’t hurt and no one else was hurt, that’s the main thing,” said Brichard.

And as the area recovers from the damage, the fire department says keep this in mind…

“I guess the message is listen to the weather, if they say there’s a storm coming, if they say there’s a tornado, warning, heed that warning. Be vigilant. Get into the center of your home, get into a good spot that you can be safe,” said Glasco.

Neighbors described the night as emotional, but for now, the clean-up begins.

According to officials, the incident will now turned over to the Delaware Department of Transportation and Fire Police of Delaware.

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