Storm destroyed Darke County woman’s home but not her spirit

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ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The dirt driveway back to Jeanne Buckley’s home was blocked by an old tree that was uprooted in an early morning storm, but that wasn’t the worst of it.  Buckley told only 2 NEWS that her home actually shifted and was lifted off its foundation.  She doubts she’ll be able to move back into it.  It was her home for forty years.

“It sounded like a train, and then it felt like we’d been hit. It picked us up, felt like we spun, then landed,” explained Buckley.

Buckley said she and her daughter Clara had to bust through the storm door in the front to get out of their home.  She was able to find her medication and take it with her, but not much else.  Clara did find her baby picture intact, and there was every indication that the farm animals had survived too.  The family was trying to count their blessings.

Buckley’s truck was spared because she hadn’t parked it where she does normally.  If she had, chimney parts probably would have destroyed it. But Buckley is used to beating the odds.  She lives with a donor liver and has survived breast cancer, just some of what seems to contribute to the strength of this 42-year-old farm girl.

“Even with all of that, all those scary things, going through the mastectomy, and another surgery last week.
I tell you what happened last night that was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through, ever, ever,” said Buckley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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