The thunderstorm that rolled through Wednesday afternoon didn’t last long, but it was intense with strong wind, lightning, heavy rain and small hail.
In Kerrobert, north of Kindersley, large hail and strong wind tore down trees and ripped siding off homes and businesses. The damage was severe enough for the town to declare a state of emergency Thursday morning.
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Patsy Kiss, manager of the Wild Goose Motel in Kerrobert, watched the clouds roll in.
“I said to my husband and the girl working the office, ‘Oh, hoho! Are we in for one wicked hail storm,'” she said.
“It was coming from the west and I seen it coming. The clouds were just white and I thought, ‘Oh, are we gonna get it’ and we did.”
Golf-ball sized hail fell from the sky for 15 minutes combined with wind and rain. Kiss said nearly all the homes in Kerrobert have siding ripped off. She guessed that two-thirds of the homes have broken windows.
Shredded siding in Kerrobert on July 23, 2015. Brent Bosker/CKOM News
“Driving downtown, it was almost like you were driving on a bed of trees, like of leaves, because it stripped the leaves something terrible.”
Kiss said the storm also smashed the mirror on her husband’s car and damaged one of the power poles near the motel.
“It pulled the light off of the pole, put it down on our lawn, and the light was still working. The wire was still attached,” she described.
State of emergency
Kerrobert has declared a state of emergency after the storm.
On Facebook the town says council will meet today to talk about the damage, but there is cleanup and restoration ahead.
“We have a big job ahead of us but I think Kerrobert can do it,” acting administrator Harold Trew in a Facebook message said.
Damage from the Kerrobert storm. Photo submitted by Theodore Halter.
Several insurance claims
A long line of people waited to make insurance claims Thursday morning. Resident Shane Molnar said the storm left some buildings looking like they were disintegrated with a machine gun.
“It sounded like there was about 40 people working on my roof, banging with hammers on my roof,” he said, adding there isn’t a house in town that wasn’t somehow damaged.
Jason Moro said the wind and hail shredded his house.
“The back of my house siding is smashed, roof is smashed, air conditioner smashed. No trees left in my yard.”
He said he heard that wind gusts got up to 115 kilometres an hour.
Three power poles came down in Regina on Wiinipeg Street, just south of 5th Avenue with two landing on a chain link fence and the other across the CN tracks. Large hail was also reported north of Prince Albert.
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-With files from News Talk Radio’s Trelle Kolojay and Brent Bosker
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