Amish, Mennonite Communities Hit Hard by Storms

Published: Nov. 16, 2005 at 9:53 PM CST|Updated: Aug. 8, 2006 at 12:48 PM CDT
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Reporter: Jonathan Hardison

We have a rundown of the extensive damage in Daviess County, Indiana.

Most of the damage is on Amish or Mennonite farms. 130 homes, two, one-room school houses, a church, and 20 businesses were damaged by the tornadic winds. Also some one thousand farm animals were either killed or had to be destroyed.

Leveled by the storm was K&K industries, a wood products manufacturer for the housing industry. K&K is a major employer in the Mennonite community outside the county seat of Washington.

From the air you can see the path of this twister...hell bent on destruction. There's damage throughout this tight-knit Mennonite community. K & K spokesman Jack Knepp says, "It is devastating. And my reaction was like it was back in 1980 when it burnt down. 'Oh no, what are we gonna do now?'"

Now owner Abe Knepp must decide whether to rebuild a business responsible for 120 jobs. Mark Wagler knows Knepp. "He's a very nice person. He donates a lot of places, and is a good person for the community."

Known for their industrious spirit and willingness to help each other out in time of need, Mennonite neighbors were already back on top of torn roofs today, patching up the damage.

K&K has already set up a temporary office. Limited production could resume by the end of next week