By Brad Mosher
A series of storms made a big impression on the final day of July when they rolled through and drenched parts of Killdeer and Dunn County in heavy rain and hail.
One of the events impacted by the weather was a outdoor grilling event organized by the American Bank Center branch in Killdeer.
According to the county emergency management officer, the rain had impact in some locations, but not in others.
“I know some people who lived south of Manning along Highway 22 had their gardens hailed out,” Diane Brew said two days after the storm.
“I didn’t hear much about measurements from the rain.”
According to Brew, there were unofficial reports in spots of up to three inches.
One Killdeer weather spotter said that he had a .88-inch total measurement in his location near the school.
The free meal grill by the baseball fields drew a lot of people before it was forced to break up early with the downpour and hail sending people sprinting to their cars and trucks.
“They are pulling right up to the front door here to try to get in,” one of the people helping staff the event from American Bank said, as wind was blowing the rain inside.
The open window on the east side of the building didn’t help to much.
“ Nine times out of ten, that window would be perfectly fine. The first time we get a wind that comes out of the east….,” Klint Sickler added, chuckling.
For American Bank Center branch manager Shari Barnes, the inaugural Grill event was a success, albeit a very wet one.
“It went from a picnic to a splash bash,” she said with a chuckle. “We all did get a little wet that evening.”
“We did try to stick it out, but it (the wet weather) did get the best of us,” she said.
The inaugural Grill event managed to serve about 125 people before the storm hit, Barnes said.
“We were prepared for quite a few more than that, but we only served for about an hour and a half, rather than the full three hours.
“It was nice to start with, but then it turned on us and went into a downpour.”
According Barnes, she had .95 inches in her rain gauge at home after the grill building was cleaned and cleared.
“It should take the fire index down a couple of notches for a couple of weeks,” she added with a smile.
As for the Grill, Barnes said planning is already in the works for the second annual event in 2020.
“It was a kind of a community event to say thank you to all of our customers.”