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Ridgeland Family, Petting Zoo Suffers Heavy Storm Damage

Ridgeland Family, Petting Zoo Suffers Heavy Storm Damage

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Jasper County, S.C. -
A trail of damage is left in the Lowcountry, after thunderstorms ripped through the area last night. One Ridgeland woman, lucky to be alive, is picking up the pieces after winds uprooted a tree over her house. 

Her home is demolished in the aftermath of the latest thunderstorm. It's left her family with a mess to clean up, too. 

"I didn't know if it was going to be a real bad disaster, or if we were even going to make it through because it was probably the worst storm I've ever seen," her son, Charles Beam, says. 

When clouds brewed over Ridgeland, Charles Beam thought first of his family. 

"When I saw the wind coming up, I saw the tin blowing off the top of the barn, so I said 'Well I better try to get everyone to the shelter,'" Beam says. 

Unsure of the severity of the storm, Beam's family huddled in a ditch at the back of his property, for cover. Beam says they got away just in time, right before a huge tree snapped on top of his 67 year old mother's house. Only moments before the tree fell, Beam stood with his mother on the very porch that now bears limbs and leaves.

"Where the tree actually crushed through the house was where she was standing. The tree crushed the whole end of the house that she was in," Beam says. 

He says it's a miracle that no one was hurt, except the camel at his petting zoo The All American Petting Zoo & Pony Rides. The camel walked away with some cuts and scrapes from the tin that flew off of the barn. 

However, Beam's boyhood home is gone. 

"The room that I actually grew up in is the one that's crushed all the way down," he says. 

The Red Cross assisted his mother, helping with food and lodging temporarily. 
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