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Raymond home destroyed by lightning

RAYMOND (KWWL)---A Cedar Valley home is in ruins following storms that rolled through the area Saturday night into Sunday morning.  That home is in Raymond and was struck by lightning just after 4 a.m. Sunday.  

The mayor of Raymond, Monte Johnson, never expected to be woken up by the sound of lightning crashing into his home.  But that's just what happened Sunday.  The devastation is unreal. 

The outside of the Johnson's home is covered with a large tarp on the roof.  That's where mother nature came inside.  The lightning knocked out every light fixture and smoke alarm in the house.  Insulation and ceiling tiles were blown completely out, leaving behind a dusty mess throughout the home.  A fire was also sparked in the basement of the home.  Luckily, the Raymond Fire Department was able to find it early and put out the flames before any more damage was done.

Friends, family, and neighbors of the Johnsons spent the day Sunday at the home trying to clean up what they could.

There's no estimate on just how much damage was done.  But a contractor has told the family it will take at least three months to make the home livable again.

The Johnsons had just finished building their home in 2007, and say it was their dream house.  They're just thankful that the storm didn't hit last week, when they had a houseful of relatives. 

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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