Storm causes damage to historic barn used as shelter for alpacas in Tenino

By: KOMO News Staff 
Photo: By Steve McCarron, KOMO

TENINO, Wash. -- A non-profit group that rescues alpacas in need suffered a big blow during a recent powerful storm when winds damaged a historic barn.

Every time the wind and rain kick up, Shari Bond starts to get a little nervous.

"So normally we have about 15 animals in here," said Bond, Co-Founder of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue. "You can see that it's got some standing water over there."

Puddles have formed inside a historic barn that her non-profit uses as a shelter for a female herd of alpacas. The barn was built over 100 years ago.

Old wooden beams had already started to sag before a powerful storm moved through Tenino on May 4.

"It was just a big cloud, and it was moving wicked fast all the way along the hilltop," said Jackie Glover, Co-Founder of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue.

"I was in complete and utter shock," Bond added. "I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! Where’s the roof?’ And then the fear became ‘What about the animals?’"

The storm ripped a 10-by-20 foot piece off of the barn's roof while 16 alpacas were inside. Winds carried the piece to a pen out back.

"We’re afraid with a strong wind that it’s gonna pick that piece up, too," Bond said.

Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue is now trying to raise at least $5,000 to make repairs as quickly as possible.

Due to the damage on the barn, the non-profit group has to put other projects on hold, Bond said.

"We've got a lot of work to do now. And we've gotta do it soon," she said.

For now, the female alpacas have been split into two groups after Bond and her staff made a few adjustments to the property.

The goal is to move them back into the barn once repairs can be made.

"We just kinda hope they don't stress out too much until we can get the problem resolved," Bond said. "But for the time being, everybody seems to be okay."

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