Dozens of cows survive barn collapse in Shortsville

Updated: 05/14/2014 12:19 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 9:07 AM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd

More than 30 cows in a barn on Kyte Road in Shortsville survived the storm. The barn where they were housed is owned by Black brook Farm and it was toppled by the wild winds. Firefighters say this is the most dramatic damage they saw in the Shortsville Manchester area.

“I didn't get much sleep last night.” Hal Adams is the owner of Black Brook Farm. He has a lot of work to do today. “The first phone call this morning was to the insurance company.”

The 100-year-old barn came crashing down on Kyte Road in Shortsville during the severe storm. One of his employees found it destroyed around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Eric Curtis said, “I was driving home and saw the barn collapsed and I was worried about the animals inside.”

Thirty head of cattle were inside. Adams said, “First we made sure the cattle couldn't get out and that they were alright and actually they were. The floor of the barn stayed intact and protected the cattle so none of them were hurt.”

In the dark, they rounded up the cattle and took them down the road to other barns that weren't damaged. It all took place during some wild weather. Curtis said, “I got soaked standing outside for five seconds and the wind was just blowing. Never seen anything like it.”

Insurance adjusters came out this morning and it looks like a complete loss but in the end Adams said the cattle are find and nobody got hurt so it’s okay.

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