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Dunrobin tornado relief - Russetts

$11,150 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 3 months
Created September 24, 2018
Iria Liao
on behalf of Bill Russett
On September 21st, an EF3 tornado hit the small town of Dunrobin on the outskirts of Ottawa, Ontario.  

The Russetts unfortunately lost all three barns and silo. They were completely ripped apart and they depend on those buildings to run their farm, which provides them with a significant portion of their income.

They have 3 children, two in university and one who is a grade 12 student.

Unfortunately, only their smallest barn was insured against wind damage, creating a huge financial burden to be able to restart.

This gofundme was set up in hopes to get a bit of financial aid in hopes of being able to rebuild.



33233632_1537830156973753_r.jpegTwo of the barns and the silo before the tornado.


33233632_1537830174545108_r.jpeg33233632_15378301914561_r.jpegThe aftermath: the same buildings after the tornado hit. They will have to be completely rebuilt in order to run the farm.
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Update 3
Posted by Bill Russett
3 months ago
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Thanks everybody for your support. the roof has been sealed for the winter sounds like it will be impossible to get contractors to come rebuild it until the spring but at least I have a contractor lined up for this week to shore up the structural bracing. Hopefully today a mason will appear to rebuild the chimney as it is starting to get chilly.

bad news is that if this is happened back in July I would have been covered with insurance on the Barns but at the renewal they removed the wind coverage and they are sticking to it.

Most of the Big Barn ended up in Leo Muldoon's soybean field and the Mennonite ladies from Cobden and Alexandria showed up and got to work in over two days we managed to pull out 7 wagon loads of Steel and it's a board with nails from his fields. hopefully the combine will be able to take off his crops this fall while he's still laid up in the hospital.

Spending most of my days cleaning up the Barnyard sorting the junk from the reusable Timbers.

Now I need to concentrate on Winter fencing, the emergency electric fence won't hold them during the deep snow.
Moving a barn in bite sized pieces
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Update 2
Posted by Bill Russett
3 months ago
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well the neighbors are friends were in today chainsaws were just flying everywhere and a wood chipper showed up at the end of the day and took two big oak trees.

Barry Friel's wife and son Jim we're out with all their carpentry tools and help set up the chicken coop and run. just need a few hours tomorrow to seal up the run and finish the chicken compound I can get back to picking through all the stuff in the barn see what's good and see what's bad and probably end up bulldozing the thing.

On a very happy note the disaster recovery Mennonites showed up the other day, they've been locked out of dunrobin cuz they're don't have contractor licenses so they showed up here and what what a good bunch of fellows they just some jumped in and started running a chain saws and cutting perimeter lines through the bush to get the fences up and followed immediately by two other line crews who reestablished the perimeter fence and I don't have to worry about the cows getting on the road.

next thing to do is to build a small crowd see if I can get the cows all rounded up and neighbor said that he would take them for the winter I don't have any shelter for them anymore so I guess they're going for a visit.

thanks everybody for your support I really appreciate your consideration at this time.



Bill
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Update 1
Posted by Bill Russett
3 months ago
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Thanks for your support. The chimney is off the roof now finally so I don't have to worry about it collapsing and the rooftop is tarped for now so no more rain in the house. But the three barns are all gone, there's no storage or shelter for the cows for the winter.

The priority now is to try to get some fences reestablished everything was crushed or Blown Away and the cows are still in the pasture but starting to get a little adventuresome and our road is now becoming a main Thorofare so I can't let them get the road orange my other neighbors crops.

Ontario Hydro guys were great. they went out of their way to hook me back up hook me back up so I have water for the animals. My hats off and many thanks to them for their help.
Dairy barn with Silo
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Raised by 113 people in 3 months
Created September 24, 2018
Iria Liao
on behalf of Bill Russett
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