First the storm howl, then sirens and saws howl

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Storm damage and Long Faces in Imke and Dominik Ferling. Neither the tree belongs in their garden nor the hole in the roof of the turf house. © Sanders

The thunderstorm caused significant damage in Eydelstedt – the towns of Donstorf and Dörpel were particularly affected. In the courtyard of their half-timbered home, Imke and Dominik Ferling lived a day that had dire consequences for them. Two buildings were damaged and one of their relatives ended up in hospital.

Dunstorff – Your converted grass house has been smashed, your bedroom is underwater, your vacation home is in jeopardy, your aunt is in hospital, the garden has been destroyed and the daughter’s first birthday party has been cancelled – there are a number of reasons why Emki Ferling and her husband Dominic seem to be more than just regrets Friday morning. The owners of the half-timbered farm in Dunstorf – formerly Dunstorfer Daily – are among those hard hit by Thursday’s thunderstorm. “A lot has gone,” says Emke Ferling, noting everything lying around the site of the historic half-timbered group that doesn’t belong there.

The first thing to mention is the neighbor’s tree, parts of which have settled on the roof of the lawn house. This has only recently been renovated and can be booked as a seminar room. But now the tree must first be sawn, and then the roof needs to be repaired. Fringes feel way too far back in their life plans to be able to welcome holiday guests and businessmen to the farm they moved to just 15 months ago. “We prepared everything with great love, we had no day off and we had no vacation,” the landlady sighs as the roofing workers are already dismantling the fallen tree. Because the sirens go off in the background, not for the first time since a thunderstorm, Imke Ferling sums up the moment with humor: “Either the sirens are barking here, or the chainsaw.”

Now, it’s not the only furlings in Dunstorf, Edelstedt and around where the storm caused damage. Everywhere in the village were branches and trees and things flew away. Bishop workers are also present at the neighbor’s door to provide first aid to the buildings. However, for the Ferlings family, Thursday was especially notable because the emergency doctor had to arrive. The reason: Imke Ferling’s aunt didn’t get home fast enough when the storm broke. She was hit in the head by a strong blow from a branch. Dominic Ferling brought the bloodied woman into the house and frightened himself: “The grill flew in front of me two meters.”

“I’ve never seen him this bad before.”

According to the fire brigade, there were 270 missions the comrades had to perform throughout the area. Municipal Fire Chief Guido Schroth estimates that the nine local firefighting teams in Barnstorf combined represent only 50 of them. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, fire departments were busy removing uprooted trees from the streets. The picture of devastation was stronger in the Common Community area and the number of operations was higher than in February after hurricanes Jelenia and Zainab. According to Eydelstedt local fire chief Frank Weber, the worst damage was recorded in Dörpel and Donstorf. In Dörpel, a stately oak tree fell on a house and destroyed the roof structure, while elsewhere a photovoltaic system fell victim to the brief storm. In Dunstorf, the cowshed has lost half of its roof. Add to that the power outages, and then, of course, all the fallen trees. Weber put the number in the Edelstedt region at around 100 – “Almost all of them were uprooted. I had never experienced it this bad before. In general, it was not really without it.”

The aunt came to the hospital, and the next day she was already better. But Imke Ferling’s shock still runs deep. “In fact, it couldn’t be more ridiculous: We’ve paid so much attention to nature conservation in our facilities, and now it’s nature that’s been hit hard,” she says.

To put it in perspective: Not everything was broken in the half-timbered yard. The damage to the roof of the main and residential building is rather small compared to the total area. But branches and storms exposed the area above the bedroom. It rained heavily, “and we now have a cave of stalactites there,” says Emke Ferling. They can not sleep there, the parents give the family asylum. The house is currently uninhabitable.

Like a wound: On the way to Dunstorf there are roadside trees right after the drake.  Two of the estimated 100 have fallen victim to the thunderstorm.
Like a wound: On the way to Dunstorf there are roadside trees right after the drake. Two of the estimated 100 have fallen victim to the thunderstorm. © Sanders

One solution could be the little cottage in the garden that the Ferlings set up for guests. But that must be secured first. A large linden tree has been in a corner that has been worrisome since the storm and has threatened to fall on the house. So on Friday a special team arrived to bring down the tree. Losing the vacation home would have been awful, says Emke Ferling: “It’s completely renovated and just finished. Losing trees also hurts, too: They’ve stood here for 100, 150 or 200 years — and then suddenly you see oaks like this,” says Emke Ferling. up in the air.”

The storm moved through the region, but the Edelstedt/Dunstorf region is one of the hardest hit. “The storm swept through our yard at full speed,” Dominic Ferling explains. His wife adds: “It only took a few minutes. But the storm pushed everything in front of him like a wall. “Even a heavy tooth stone was swept off the porch. With broken roof tiles, branches and other old farm equipment that served as garden decorations, they are now lying around where the daughter’s birthday was supposed to be celebrated on Friday. Of course it wasn’t. The drying is still where it was before—unpaved.” “Everything is blowing away, not just that,” exclaims Imke Ferling, “that’s crazy.”

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