Dunn County’s storm: 85-mph winds leave damage across county (with slideshow)

The office/terminal building is all that’s left standing at Weydahl Field, the Dunn County airport north of Killdeer, after Monday night’s storm.

Posed July 11, 2013

By Joe Wrabek

jwrabek@countrymedia.net

The office/terminal building is all that’s left standing at Weydahl Field, the Dunn County airport north of Killdeer, after Monday night’s storm.
The airport’s hangar was demolished along with three planes that had been on site. (The hangar was going to be replaced anyway, airport authority treasurer Jason Hutchison said.) The planes, flipped on their tops, landed in a ditch 75 feet away.

There was “massive amounts of damage” all over Dunn County, emergency manager Denise Brew told the Dunn County Herald. Monday night’s winds –reaching 85 m.p.h. – caused city-wide damage in Killdeer, Dunn Center, Halliday and Dodge – “and it wasn’t just a city impact,” Brew said. “There was huge rural and homestead damage.” Barns were blown down, trees toppled, RVs tipped over, some manufactured homes ripped off their foundations. Damage reports are still coming in, Brew advised Wednesday. “Power was out everywhere – and there’s a lot of fear when there’s no lights,” she said. “Not a lot of people have generators.”

Though Dunn County opened up its Emergency Operations Center in case outside help needed to be called, mutual aid from other areas ended up not being necessary, Brew said. “We did fine. Everybody around us had problems, too,” she noted.

“And nobody died,” Brew said. “We all have to step back and say, ‘It could have been way worse.’” There was only one injury from the storm, Dunn County sheriff Clayton Coker told the Dunn County Herald. That was in Killdeer, he said.

Cleanup efforts began before the night was over. “It was phenomenal,” Brew said. “A lot of work was done in the dark, by road crews and construction companies.” A work crew is planning on tackling the airport damage Saturday.

 


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