Bryan and Alisha Clay proudly display the enormous tree that landed on their house after it was uprooted during a sudden storm on Sunday morning.
The Clays had been living in the home on North Third Street for only a month. Both were born and raised in Iola. Alisha Clay said that when the tree fell, it sounded like “the ceiling caving in.”
The Clays plan to continue staying in the house, despite some broken rafters and water damage caused by more than half a dozen holes in the roof.
The storms battered the area with torrential rains and strong winds, measured in excess of 75 mph.
Several parts of Iola lost electricity. Most had power restored within a few hours, although crews worked more than 13 hours restoring electricity to others in town.