Boulder Cleanup Questions

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, January 11 2013 at 4:33 PM, Updated: Fri, January 11 2013 at 4:50 PM

A Klamath County couple are still cleaning up tonight from a 3-ton boulder that crashed into their living room...and their home insurance might not cover the damage.

Jeanine and Corey Wells say total strangers have been offering their help...

"Well, we've got a crew coming in to help remove the rock."  Says Jeanine Wells.  "People are calling in the Red Cross, people have offered us food, and help, carpentry."

Tuesday afternoon, a boulder tumbled down a hillside and through the back wall of the Wells' home, smashing a hole in their living room floor.

Corey Wells isn't optimistic after talking with his insurance company...

"They're leaning toward that this is 'earth movement', and my policy does not cover it."

"I figured it was insurable."  Adds Jeanine Wells.  "Since he took my money, and insured us."

State Farm says they can't discuss the specific claim due to privacy issues...though they add that no final decision has yet been made.

"The preliminary report hasn't been turned into them from the engineer yet."  Noted Corey Wells.  "So there is hope."

Jeanine Wells' phone has been ringing non-stop.

"Feels pretty darned good."  Stated Corey Wells.  "That there's people out there in this community, and friends that are willing to help."

"It's unreal."  Adds Jeanine Wells.  "You find out who your friends really are."

Corey and Jeanine Wells, and their adult son and his fiancee were all at home when the boulder hit...while all were within a few feet of the boulder's path, no one was injured.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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