Tropical storm Isaias drops major league tree on Cider Mill Barn
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Monday, August 3 - Bob Zoni climbing to the roof to finish re-shingling the Cider Mill Barn.
August 4th: Tropical Storm Isaias left his calling card - yet another tree to re-damage the barn. [*sigh*]
J.D. House on August 4th
"It's enough to make you cry!"
For the last several weeks, work to repair the Talmadge Cider Mill Barn has been winding down. Since the end of July, Bob Zoni has been in the final phase of restoring the barn following the devastating May 2018 tornado that nearly destroyed the 220-year old structure.
On Monday afternoon, August 3rd, Bob called town historian Dave Johnson and asked him to stop by the barn to take photos of the new cedar-shingled roof being installed - one of the last phases in the building's retoration. Just 24 hours later, Tropical Storm Isaias rumbled through southern Connecticut.
After the storm blew through the area on Tuesday afternoon, Bob wisely decided to check on the Dickerman House and Cider Mill barn. Arriving at the site, he noticed that a large tree had fallen in the front yard of the J.D. House. He went home to grab his camera.
When Bob returned, he was shocked to see that an even larger tree had landed across the front of the Cider Mill Barn. Ouch!
August 4: This was the scene that greeted Bob Zoni after Isaias left the area.
August 7: The was the damage that was revealed once the tree debris was removed.
It was not possible to check for damage until the tree was removed, which happened two days later.
On Friday, August 7th, Hamden Historical Society president Ken Minkema and Bob met to assess damage to the barn. The tree pushed in and breached the siding above the double doors, and damaged some of the facia along the roof line.
At left and below: Ken, Bob and Annie from Shutts Tree Service make preparations for removal of yet another tree that is a potential threat to the barn.