Germantown business hopes to get back on the saddle after tornado damages barn Friday evening

GERMANTOWN — The full size and scope of damage done by Friday’s tornado in Montgomery County is becoming more clearer.

The National Weather Service confirmed a “brief and weak” EF1 tornado touched down in a portion of Montgomery County and traveled 2.8 miles southeast to Butler County Friday evening, with maximum wind speeds estimated at 95 mph.

The tornado first touched down on Pudenbag Road and moved east, where it hit K&B Leisure Farm. The barn’s exterior sustained damage. The barn door was crack and a section of the roof was torn off.

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While there was damage to the barn, one of the co-owners of K&B Leisure Farm told News Center 7′s Michael Gordon that she and her fiancé are thankful none of their horses were harmed.

“Our horses are safe, we are safe, we are up and going, so you take one step at a time,” Rebecca Mangold said.

Mangold’s father survived the 1974 Xenia tornado, so she said she’s aware how much worse this could have gone.

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“We have come to the conclusion that we are blessed despite the financial burden that we might be able to encounter now,” Mangold said.

Mangold has held initial talks with her insurance company, but will have to wait for the exact amount of damage the tornado caused.

Mangold and her fiancé, Ken Hamilton, said they were overwhelmed by the how quickly friends and family have reached out to help them with the damage.

“We have an overwhelming amount of support from friends. Our borders have been fantastic, our neighbors. We are overwhelmed with everyone who reached out and offered to help,” Mangold said.

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