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Northwest Salmon



Storm’s damage is ‘nothing like in 2008’

by Amanda Fanger

Last Monday morning, as high winds, rain and hail pummeled the area, many temporarily thought they were having a flashback to another historic damaging storm struck Day County.

“I just thought it was 2008 all over again,” said Benita Baus who watched a tree fall in her yard sometime around 2 a.m. June 22, blown over by strong winds. The Webster business owner later discovered the sign for her business, A&W, had been destroyed and that the building, at the intersection of Hwy. 12 and 25, had received minor damage.

But Webster Mayor Mike Grosek says Monday’s storm doesn’t compare to the one that crippled the city in 2008. For the most part, he said the damage this time around was minimal.

“A lot of gardens are done for but this is nothing like in 2008,” he said. Acknowledging damage to a sign for his own business, Mike’s Jack & Jill, he remarked, “It’s just one of those things.”

Grosek says five of the city’s vehicles received hail damage and a claim has been turned into the city’s insurance.

Day County Emergency Management Officer Wes Williams says this is likely the most aggressive storm to pass through the area since the one in 2008.

“With the humidity and the heat, I just had a funny feeling someone was going to get a storm,” he commented.

According to Williams, the wind speeds in last Monday morning’s storm weren’t as strong as in 2008 but he also didn’t recall hail accompanying that one either as it did last week.

“Hail knocked out some house windows, we’ve had reports of vinyl sidling damage... there’s a lot of little branches and leaves lying around,” Williams said a few hours after the storm. He said he received reports of hail the size of peas up to the size of a quarter.

Although he has no official reading on the wind speed from the recent storm, Williams says he guesses the sustained winds reached between 20-40 miles per hour as the storm traveled through the area.

A few small preassembled buildings at Webster Lumber & Home Center north of Webster were destroyed when they were caught in the wind and rolled.

In Bristol, the high winds caused structural damage to the Hide Away on Main Street; part of the roof collapsed, causing a section of the wall to fall onto the street. Later on Monday, the entire building was razed after the city deemed it a public safety hazard.

According to Michaela Iverson of the Day County Farm Service Agency, there is a four-five mile stretch that runs from Bristol to south of Webster along Hwy. 12 where crops received the most hail damage.

Williams says, “Crops (in the county) are chewed up pretty bad.”

“If crops were damaged, (producers) need to report those failed acres,” Iverson said.

Bristol also had to deal with sewer and storm drain issues from the deluge of rain that fell. Williams said between two and three inches of rain were recorded.

Likewise, Williams said Andover saw similar storm and sewer drain issues and that he’d heard reports of one individual with five-six feet of sewage in their basement. Between two and three inches of rain were reported to Williams’ office from Andover.

While Roslyn was reported to have received heavy rainfall, Williams said that community did not have the wind damage and that no hail fell there either.

Williams said rainfall reports from around the Webster area ranged from three to four inches.

Overall, Williams says he thinks the communities of Day County were lucky to have gotten by with as little damage as there was.

Williams said the Sioux Falls area was hard-hit, while Pierre had 80-mph sustained winds. A wind gust near Hayes was clocked at 122 miles per hour during the same storm.

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