Storm wind steals new roof
RICEVILLE | Nature decided to make things «interesting» for Tyler Down with his house renovation project.
The thunder storm that roared through Eastern Ontario at the start of the Sept. 5 weekend set back Down’s work schedule when the wind blew up over The Nation municipality and other parts of Prescott-Russell early last Friday evening.
“I was splitting firewood in the back yard,” said Down during a Monday phone interview. “The sky turned black west of town so I went inside.”
Down sheltered inside his main house on
County Road 16 in the village of Riceville. He has a second house under renovation, which he had over from the Ottawa area. The house was close to finished with the new roof completed. After the storm had passed, Down came out and had a look around
“The wind was atrocious,” he said. “Trees were down everywhere in town.”
All the roofing work on his second house also came to naught. Part of the roof was in the yard and part of it dropped down inside the building, leaving the interior open to the rain and causing water damage.
There is no house insurance yet for the premises so Down said he’d just have to accept the extra cost and focus on getting back to work and getting the house finished before winter.
A late-summer windstorm took the roof off of a house under construction in Riceville. The winds and following thunderstorm which blew through Eastern Ontario also dropped a few trees here and there throughout the region.