Boulder Smashes Into Home

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, January 9 2013 at 4:33 PM, Updated: Wed, January 9 2013 at 4:42 PM

A Klamath County family is cleaning up tonight after a 3 ton boulder came crashing down a hillside, and into their home.

Jeanine Wells was nearly hit by a boulder when it smashed into her home Tuesday afternoon...

"What do you do, stop living because of a rock?  This is my dream - it's destroyed."

Corey Wells says his wife started screaming his name just before the rock hit...

"And it was probably forty yards up behind the house when I first saw it, and I had time enough to stand up, and basically cover my face - and then it was next to me."

"To me it sounded like a freight train coming through my house."  Recalled Jeanine Wells.  "It was in slow motion, too - because I could see the grass, and the debris."

The rock took out an interior wall before smashing through their living room floor.

While his home was nearly destroyed, Corey Wells says that he and his family are lucky to be alive...

"When it hit the house, it was spinning to the right.  If it had went straight through, it would have hit the kids."

While rocks pose a threat to highway and rail traffic along the eastern side of Upper Klamath Lake...the Wells family has learned that they're not even safe at home.

Corey Wells says his insurance company is reviewing their policy to determine if they're covered or not.  Wells adds that he plans to build a reinforced wall behind his home.

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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