Mighty winds damage farm near Regina

RIVERHURST, Sask. — Mighty winds have ravaged a farm northwest of Regina.

Ryan Miner stands in his kitchen the day after a storm destroyed the roof of his house in Riverhurst

Ryan Miner stands in his kitchen the day after a storm destroyed the roof of his house in Riverhurst

RIVERHURST, Sask. — Mighty winds have ravaged a farm northwest of Regina.

The storm ripped the roof off of a house, toppled grain bins and tossed farm equipment around the property near the village of Riverhurst.

Residents of the house weren’t home Monday night when the storm hit. No one was injured.

Environment Canada has not confirmed the nature of the storm, including whether or not the high winds were part of a tornado.

Ryan Miner, 34, and his sister, Tanya, 33, were looking through the damage at the farmhouse as they waited for insurance agents on Tuesday.

Standing in the middle of his kitchen, Miner looked through his dishes and soup cans, which were intact while other household items laid scattered and broken on the floor.

“It’s cleaner in here now then when I left,” he joked to friends and family who were there offering support.

Suddenly, a breeze gusted through the room — the house no longer has a roof.

Ryan speculates a tornado caused the damage to the house, as well as destroyed several grain bins and augers. The storm causes the shop roof to caved in.

He lives alone in the home and was in Nipawin at the time of the storm.

Tanya Miner said she was upset when she saw the damage to her childhood home.

“I had a pretty big bad day — to see the place you grew up in smashed,” she said.

Meteorologist Dan Kulak of Environment Canada says there were no reports of tornadoes in the Riverhurst area Monday, so the agency can’t verify if that’s what damaged the Miner farm.