FERRELVIEW, Mo - A Ferrelview family is now homeless, after a large tree fell on their trailer nearly crushing them inside. The storm has affected thousands of people. FOX 4 spoke with one who says it has turned their lives upside down.
"It was terrifying."
Bart Whorton watched helplessly as the mobile home he and his four children once called home, crumbled. A tree fell on it overnight, Whorton was awakened by what he thought was an explosion.
"The next thing I know, my kitchen ceiling is on my kitchen floor. There is rain coming in and there is a tree branch across my children's bedroom roof," he said.
Whorton escaped with his kids, with only the clothes on his back. The city has deemed his home too dangerous to go inside, so he doesn't have clean shoes, but that's not what bothers him most.
"Mostly I feel sadness that this is the place my kids toys and memories and goofiness, all the fun we had is gone. You can rebuild that, but a certain part of it is gone," he said.
Whorton claims the tree is very old and should've been torn down a long time ago. The park managers says the tree was not rotting and called it an "act of God."
Whatever the case, Whorton has lost everything. Through it all, he says he still has his family and that's all that matters.
"I feel blessed no one was injured," he said.