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Parishville Barn destroyed by storm, most of town spared from serious damage


PARISHVILLE - While many Parishville residents lost power as a result of Tuesday’s storm, the bulk of the damage sustained in the town was limited to downed trees and power lines.

That is except for at Adon Farms.

The farm, which is located on state Route 72 near Parishville Center, had a barn entirely destroyed in Tuesday’s storm.

Several people working on a new heifer farm were there at the time of the storm and took shelter in the new barn that, thankfully, did not collapse.

Among those taking shelter was Nicholas Gilbert.

“Sheet metal started flying by. I thought the roof was coming off,” he said.

Also taking shelter were several employees from Burns Construction. Robert Burns, who co-owns the company, said while his workers were not injured, three of them had personal vehicles crushed by the collapsing barn.

In addition to the barn collapse, a silo that had yet to be erected was lifted up and blown across approximately 100 yards across a corn field with pieces of it scattering around the property and beyond.

“There’s tin all the way to the other side of Parishville Center,” according to Mr. Gilbert, who was working at the farm when the storm struck.

Mr. Gilbert’s father, Tony owns and operates the farm.

Mr. Burns, said the storm, which only lasted for about 10 minutes, caused more than $100,000 in damages at the farm.

John Liebfred, who serves as second assistant chief in the Parishville Volunteer Fire Department, said they were lucky for the most part.

“We didn’t have widespread damage like Potsdam did,” he said. “Out thoughts and prayers are going out to the Spagnolo, Evans and White families.”

The Spagnolo family owns and operates Sergi’s while the Evans and White families own and operate Evans and White Ace Hardware.

Within minutes of the store striking, Mr. Liebfred said members of the fire department were at the hall ready to respond where needed.

“At about 3:50 p.m. we had a call for a tree down in the road, with lines down and a possible structure fire,” he said, adding they arrived on the scene only to find a tree and power lines down.

“There was no fire,” he said. “There was just a huge tree that had taken the lines down.”

That night after things settled down, Mr. Liebfred said several members of the department made their way to Potsdam to see what they could do to help.

The following mornin, he said members of the department with chain saws rode around town with the department of public works helping with the cleanup.

Mr. Liebfred said to the best of his knowledge everyone in town had their power back by Wednesday night.

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District Superintendent Darin P. Saiff said fortunately the school’s property did not suffer any damage.

The school did lose power Tuesday afternoon and as the start of Wednesday’s work day approached Mr. Saiff was contemplating whether to close the school building for the day.

“I was getting ready to call things, but then the power came back on,” he said, explaining power to the school building was restored at approximately 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Sean Ewart contributed to this piece.

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