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Severe Weather Hits Colome

May 30, 2010, 10:10 PM by Molly Miles

Severe Weather Hits Colome
COLOME, SD - People in one KELOLAND community spent most of Sunday cleaning up after a hailstorm pounded the city Saturday night.

The storm came from the west carrying hail, strong winds and heavy rain to Colome.

"We started getting golf ball size hail and it kept getting bigger and the wind came up and ended up with baseball size hail," Assistant Police Chief John Hofeldt said.

The severe weather left behind a mess of broke glass, damaged homes and fallen trees. Local volunteer fire fighters worked late into the night boarding up windows and dealing with flooding from the heavy rains.

"I think we had six or seven streets that had close to a foot of water because the culverts couldn't handle it,” Hofeldt said.

One of the worst hit places in town was the Methodist church, where nearly every window was broken.

The siding on the preschool building a few blocks away was also ruined and the local greenhouse is now filled with holes and tears, which owners hope to salvage for the rest of the season with make-shift patches made of tape.

Although it'll take a lot of work to clean up the damage the storm left behind, people in the community say it could have been much worse.

"Everybody's safe.  Everybody's alive.  I haven't gotten hurt.  We were lucky.  We can replace this; a little hard work and a little paint," Deanne Stienke said. 

Colome has come together to work until the entire town is cleaned up.

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