Storm slams Satterfield’s, forces temporary closure
For those folks who get their hardware needs and other items at Satterfield’s Lawn and Garden in Depauw, the inside of the store would hardly be recognizable today. Instead of lawn mowers, yard equipment and tools, the store is filled with fans, tarps and cardboard boxes.
The store suffered significant damage in an isolated severe storm that struck Wednesday evening, July 18, that forced a temporary closure of the business.
The roof of the store was peeled off up and over the rear of the building, which allowed six inches of rain to pool in some areas of the store, ruining a majority of the merchandise.
‘It looked like dominos,’ Kathy Satterfield said of the roof peeling off.
Satterfield said a neighbor saw some sort of funnel come down from a cloud right onto the roof before it went back up into the sky.
‘We were the only place that got any damage that night,’ she said.
It wasn’t just the initial damage from that night, but water continued to leak into the store any time it rained at all.
‘We’d have another couple of inches of rain on the floor in the mornings,’ Satterfield said.
For many of Satterfield’s items, especially wood products, water is like poison, Donnie Satterfield said.
Repair work on the roof began this week.
Employees with SERV-PRO, a fire and water cleanup and restoration company, have been working at Satterfield’s to clear out the entire store of damaged items.
The storm also damaged the Satterfield home, which is just down the road a block from the store. A tree fell on, and partially in, the house.
‘I had just walked under that tree to come check on the store,’ Kathy Satterfield said.
The store has been temporarily shut down but should be open again within a couple of months. A grand opening celebration is planned.
A sign posted on the entrance door reads ‘Closed temporarily. Please do not enter. Go to garage if you need help. The building is under new construction. Thank you for your loyal patronage and your patience.’
Pieces of the roof can be seen in the area between Satterfield’s and the building directly behind it.
Kathy Satterfield said the roof didn’t even so much as leak a drop of water before the storm.
She said the greenhouse, located in front of the building, was moved at least a couple feet by the storm and the roof covering was also destroyed.
Satterfield’s has been in business for more than half a century, dating back to when the garage first opened in 1952.
‘It will take some time, but we will rebuild,’ Delisa Culver, the Satterfields’ daughter, said. ‘Satterfield’s is a landmark and staple here in Depauw. I’m optimistic the glass is half full.’