- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Residents of Bismarck and the Mandan area began to clean up Saturday after storms that brought strong winds and rain that flooded streets and knocked out power for thousands.

Reports of damage from the Friday night storm included downed trees and roofs blown off buildings. An underpass near downtown Bismarck flooded, leaving several cars submerged. Police officers had to wade out into the water to help get people out of their cars, the Bismarck Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1ey36qQ ).

Bismarck police officers were out Saturday assessing the damage and informing the Bismarck Forestry Department and Montana-Dakota Utilities of downed trees and power lines, Sgt. Noah Lindelow said.

Lindelow said the forestry department cleared all emergency response routes of debris Friday night and spent Saturday afternoon clearing debris from secondary roads.

“There was so much damage and it was so widespread, I have no idea how many roads are blocked,” he said.

The National Weather Service reported wind speeds of up to 82 mph at the Bismarck Municipal Airport.

Standing in his backyard south of Mandan, Shane Goettle surveyed the remains of the family play set Saturday. The wind picked it up the night before and threw it against the nearby wall of rocks.

“I have a 4-year-old,” he said. “She was crying for an hour.”

Sanford Health spokeswoman Kim Singer said many people came in with a variety of storm-related injuries, including some lacerations.

Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson told KXMB-TV the storm caused between 10,000 and 11,000 residents to lose power over night. He said Saturday morning that about 2,700 homes were still without power.

Crews were working Saturday to restore power to the remaining customers.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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