Family Business Takes a Hit


“A bunch of us had just left about 10 minutes prior,” says Kyler Knotts, Owner of Carlisle Valley Irrigation. “We were all about half way home, and started getting quarter-sized hail, so everybody I talked to it’s pulling down trees, trying to get away from it, and all of a sudden the wind just started coming sideways.”

That’s when Knotts got the call. The roof on his irrigation business had blown off, spreading into the parking lot and farm land.

“I ran back here as fast as I could because I live right across the road, so that was a little bit scary in that regard,” says Knotts. “I mean I’m glad nobody was hurt. We can rebuild, we can always replace, but if anybody would have gotten hurt it would’ve been catastrophic.”

The Knotts family was harvesting corn on their farm just a little ways up the road at the time.

It was a devastating blow for a building that is only three years old. The local fire department determined it was unsafe to go inside, so yellow tape blows through the wind. They had some help though. from two little boys looking out for their family business.

“It was really wet, and it was a big, big storm, and it caused a big black out,” says Keaton Knotts.

Just down the road REMC says 22 power poles stretching two miles were knocked down along state road 58. Power is expected to be restored to most people Wednesday night.  

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