- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Cleanup of tree branches downed by severe weekend storms is expected to last several more days at the 132-acre state Capitol Complex in Bismarck.

State facilities management director John Boyle says hundreds of tree limbs were knocked down by the storms. Workers should have them all hauled away by the end of the week.

Boyle says it’s the worst damage in at least 13 years to trees at the Capitol grounds, which include an expansive grass mall and forested areas. He says no buildings were damaged.

Boyle says thousands of petunias planted on the Capitol grounds earlier this month weathered the storm well.

The petunias have been planted annually since 1981 and spell out “North Dakota” in a flowerbed that is about 200 feet long in front of the Capitol.

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