- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - Killdeer residents are continuing to clean up more than a week after the western North Dakota community was pounded by a storm that dropped torrential rain, strong winds and snowbank-like mounds of hail.

Residents told The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/29QZWl6 ) the July 10 storm was one of the worst disasters to hit the town in memory. It stripped siding from homes, downed trees, and smashed windows in buildings and vehicles.

“There was personal damage to everybody,” Mayor Chuck Muscha said.

Killdeer residents Melodie Seidl said she’ll never walk barefoot on her living room carpet again, even after spending days picking up buckets of glass bits from the weave.

“It’s worse than tough,” she said.

Seidl was visiting Just-In Glass in Dickinson, which has set up a temporary auto glass shop in Killdeer. Owner Justin Olson grew up in Killdeer and said he wants to help his hometown.

“We gotta keep working,” Olson said.

Police Chief Eric Braaten estimates there are about 1,000 damaged vehicles in town.

“We’re not going to get 10,000 body men in here to fix 1,000 vehicles in a few days,” Braaten said.

Richard Shepherd drives a MBI Services water haul truck and lives in a work camp housing area that was heavily damaged by the storm.

“We’re all waiting for insurance,” Shepherd said about his own truck that has shattered glass and dented metal. “We don’t have the time or money to get them fixed.”

Muscha said the town’s been inundated with contractors. He’s urging people to be wary of scam artists.

“We’ll clean up and move forward,” Muscha said. “We always do. There’s integrity in the people, and, when it’s time to step up, they do.”


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

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