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Severe thunderstorm causes damage in Big Stone CIty

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Severe thunderstorms struck the Big Stone City area hard Sunday night, leaving uprooted trees, downed power lines and damage to property.

People in town tell KSFY the storm swept through in just a matter of minutes.

According to Grant County Emergency Management; wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour were recorded, which left some people in town with debris to pick up this morning.

A concrete slab is all that remains of Eugene and Gwynne Biever's garage after Sunday night's storm scattered pieces of the structure all over town.

Pieces of insulation and their property can be seen in trees and on city streets hundreds of yards down the road from their home.

"Our pictures are plastered against our neighbor's house over there, and we've been having 6 or 8 neighbors come by with pictures, we're got your pictures in our yard down the road," Gwynne Biever said.

The storm came through around 8pm Sunday.

The Biever's say luckily they were out of town.

"This garage here, I had my boat in and lawn mower, the boat was laying against the garage and the trailer was upside down and the lawn mower was still inside the garage. My boy said and the rest of it was gone," Eugene Biever said.

Just down the road, Tony Westermeyer was also cleaning up the destruction from Sunday night's storm.

He also lost his garage and had trees around his yard uprooted.

"It's just like the garage, it almost looks like the wind went into the garage and just blew it out, cause all the walls are laying outside instead of inside, and I've got trees uprooted," Westermeyer said.   

Both the Biever's and Westermeyer say they're just glad nobody was injured.

They say for now the cleanup efforts continue.

Both families tell me their garage's are insured and that they are both talking with their insurance companies to see where to go from here.

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