Animal farms hit by last week's EF2 tornado find that insurance isn't covering everything

John McDevitt
November 07, 2019 - 7:17 pm
Photo of the aftermath of a tornado at Clonmel Farm.

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — One week after an EF2 tornado touched down in Delaware County, massive tree removal efforts, damage assessments and structural repairs continue as badly affected animal farms are finding insurance isn't covering everything and are looking to the public for help. 

Volunteers from Lighthouse Ministries were removing trees and making repairs to the duck enclosure on Clonmel Farm in Edgemont, where they've been busy after the tornado. 

"Trees fell on top of their house, tore the netting that protects them from the eagles and other critters," explained the organization's Drew Alexander. 

Sections of fencing for horse pastures were also wiped out.  

Owner Dana Pound has been operating the horse farm on state property for 35 years and is desperate for help.

"Because I'm a tenant and so my insurance isn't going to cover it. Even all of the fencing that I installed, now that I installed it into state property belongs to the state, so the insurance that I was carrying to cover my farm isn't going to cover the damage," Pound said. 

The 4-H club of Delaware County is in need of tree removal help too. 

Some of its animal shelters were either destroyed or damaged and animals like horses, cows, sheep and goats are being kept outdoors in a pasture for now. 

Alternative places for the animals, many of which are pregnant, are being considered as winter approaches. 

"Right now, we are still trying to determine what the unmet needs are of the community and when it comes to the farms and the animals, its projecting over the next two to three months," said director of emergency services for Delaware County Timothy Boyce. "That's something new to us. We are good with people, but how do we sustain goats and horses with new barns or moving them in another place?  It's really the next level for us to kind of help the community."