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Family starting to rebuild after Sunday's monsoon storm leveled their barn

Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 21:02:42-04

A powerful storm on Sunday swept through a Surprise neighborhood near 163rd Avenue and Peakview Road and left what's being described as catastrophic destruction.

Faith Knutson said she was inside her house and watching out the window in disbelief as rain pounded her property. She said it felt like the wind was blowing 100 miles per hour. Once it stopped, she realized her barn that was housing at least 8 horses was gone.

"They were standing there and they were in the barn. Then they were standing there and there was no barn," Knutson said.

Thankfully, the horses are ok. However, parts of the barn flew throughout the neighborhood. A tack room, with saddles and ropes inside, also flew at least 20 feet. Her carport was ripped out the ground, a trailer tipped over, and other structures were left mangled and destroyed.

"I don't know I've never experienced anything like it," Knutson said.

She said her insurance company is calling the level of damage "catastrophic." Other neighbors also experienced some damage, but Knutson said her property was ground zero. With all of the destruction, she is thankful no one was hurt.

"We'll get it back and again because nobody is hurt. It's all ok," Knutson said.