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Storms force Middle Valley homeowner to start over

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Wednesday marks a new beginning for 88-year-old Bill Duchene.

Over the year, he built most of his house in Middley Valley. Now, it looks like he'll have to do that again.

"You go through life and you do things that you have to do," said Duchene.

When we asked him how his roof blew off his house last night, this was his response: "I really don't know," he said laughing. "I decided I was gonna have a bowl of soup."

As he ate, the power went out.

"I went to bed and I was just about asleep and I heard all these people talking," said Duchene.

Outside his window were emergency crews assessing the damage.

There are power lines down, trees knocked over and the RV Bill kept outside of his home is flipped on its side.


"I got a little bit of house here, and a little bit of house there, and a little bit of house down there," Bill laughed.

When Bill's daughter saw the damage, she was overwhelmed.

It was the house she lived in for more than 20 years.

"It was very crazy," she said. "We just keep finding different things. Different parts of the house. Everywhere."

Bill's staying positive and says everything happens for a reason -- even if it means starting over on the house he built.

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