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Tooele woman looking to raise money after powerful winds rip half her roof off house

Posted at 9:21 PM, Jun 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 00:39:28-04

TOOELE, Utah — Hollie Hochhaus was at work Friday when a neighbor sent her a scary text: a photo of her house, showing half the roof ripped off her house.

“Winds like this are common," she said. "They're really common out here. I was just really unlucky this day.”

She found roof pieces littered all over her front yard and in the street, insulation wrapped around neighbors' tires and in their yards.

The single mother had bought this house not even two years ago.

“It didn't show any signs of lifting, so I didn't think that was going to be an issue," said Hochhaus. "I thought it was pretty secure.”

At the time, an insurance agent told Hochhaus the house wouldn’t qualify for insurance.

“He told me that with the age that it is, that it's not insurable," she said. "So I went with that, and I was like, 'I need to do everything I can to make sure I don't have an incident, make sure this house is taken care of.'”

Without insurance, Hochhaus will have to pay for a new roof completely out of pocket. She’s asking the community if they’ll help her out and has created a GoFundMe that people can donate to.

“I try to do what I can to give to other people," said Hochhaus. "I just hope I'm deserving. I don't know if I am.”