Rebuilding

Rebuilding the Barn at Kill Creek Road after a tornado demolished the barnThroughout the day a steady stream of people from the community stopped by to survey the damage and to check on the family and see if there was anything they could do. “It’s just devastating to the community,” said Mitra Templin, a De Soto City Council member. “It was something that we all took pride in.” A sign-up sheet was started for people wanting to help in the cleanup and possible restoration of the barn. Kris Johnson, 2010 De Soto Chamber of Commerce president, said she was shocked after seeing the damage. “I don’t know what we’ll do, but the city has to come together and we have to figure out something to get this back,” Johnson said. Darrel thinks the community will come back to build a new barn.

“There’s been enough support in the past for what we do and enough encouragement that we will move forward and search for a similar structure that we can put back on this foundation,” he said. “It will never be exactly the same, but I would like to come back with a structure that was similar to it.” Following the loss of the barn, members of the community voiced their personal feelings of loss and encouraged the rebuilding of what had become a local landmark.

It’s just devastating to the community. It was something that we all took pride in.

-Mitra Templin

I don’t know what we’ll do, but the city has to come together and we have to figure out something to get this back.

-Kris Johnson

There’s been enough support in the past for what we do and enough encouragement that we will move forward and search for a similar structure that we can put back on this foundation. It will never be exactly the same, but I would like to come back with a structure that was similar to it.

-Darrel Zimmerman