Mother saves three children
Two homes were damaged when an EF1 tornado hit Gruenstern Road west of Town Hall Road in the town of Dupont shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, July 6.
According to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, a woman was home with three of her children at E5653 Gruenstern Road when she heard the wind pick up.
She gathered two of her children, ages 4 and 7, and moved them to the bottom of a stairway.
Then she ran to the top of the stairs to a second-story bedroom where her 1-year-old daughter was asleep in her bed.
The mother had trouble opening the bedroom door as the tornado struck the house because the glass had already been blown out of her daughter’s bedroom window. She was able to get into the bedroom and carry her baby to where the other children were waiting at the bottom of the stairs.
None of the family were injured.
The tornado blew part of the roof off of the house. The house was severely damaged, as well as a shed.
A barn was leveled at E5602 Gruenstern Road. The man who owned the barn also had extensive damage to his unoccupied house and farm buildings. His garage and a pole shed were leveled.
Two neighbors reported hearing the wind roar like a train then saw the tornado drop down from the clouds and level the barn at E5653 Gruenstern Road.
The tornado then continued to the northeast damaged the house occupied by the woman and her three children then struck the house and farm buildings at E5602 Gruenstern Road as it was lifting off of the ground.