Wind damage; Strong winds damage trees, buildings in Bordulac area
BORDULAC, N.D. — Wind gusts of 85 to 90 mph caused damage to buildings and trees in the Bordulac area Monday night, according to a damage survey by the National Weather Service and the Foster County Department of Emergency Management.
No one was injured in the storm.
“The NWS believes it was just straight line winds of 85 to 90 mph,” said Teresa Risovi, emergency manager for Foster County. “Another hard-hit area was near Grace City where winds may have seen 100 mph.”
Residents in and near Bordulac saw a variety of damage, including trees and buildings.
“Mother Nature was not very kind to us,” said Mary Zink, a rural resident near Bordulac. “We had strong westerly winds. Fortunately, that was all that happened to us.”
Zink said the storm did not include any hail. This was confirmed by the NWS.
“Just 45 minutes of strong, relentless winds,” she said.
April Cooper, meteorologist with the NWS in Bismarck, said the NWS issued two warnings at about 7 p.m. for Foster County based on indications it was receiving from the radar. The radar also indicated circulation in the weather system, and the NWS received reports of funnel clouds including one that touched down in Foster County without causing any damage.
“It wasn’t a slow-moving system,” she said. “The system moved at 40 to 50 mph. It strengthened as it moved across the state. The storm seemed to be the strongest in the Grand Forks and Fargo area.”
For residents at Bordulac, the storm seemed strong enough.
Zink estimated between 50 and 100 trees were damaged with many broken off or blown over. Some of the damaged trees were larger trees to the west of the family home while others were in the backyard.
A grain-handling facility on the edge of Bordulac owned by Troy and Thad Rosenau sustained extensive damage. Wind damaged several grain bins, two grain dryers and portable elevators used to move grain. Thad Rosenau said estimates would not be available until insurance adjusters inspected the damage.
“Quite a bit of damage,” he said. “It is going to drastically affect our ability to handle grain this harvest.”
The storm damaged corn fields near Bordulac as well. In many fields the corn was bent over by the wind.
“We’re not sure if it will stand up,” Thad Rosenau said. “Some corn will be damaged, but how much is the question.”
The elevator at Bordulac, owned by Kensal Farmers Elevator Co., received extensive damage with one of its bins blown off its footings and on to the nearby railroad tracks. Another bin had lost its roof and one side collapsed inward. The equipment that elevates the grain so it can flow into the bins was damaged with parts blown off the structure.
“It will most likely affect the elevator’s ability to handle grain this harvest,” said Chris Breidenbach, general manager of Kensal Farmers Elevator. “Just getting parts before harvest would be a problem.”
Breidenbach said local residents removed the wreckage of the grain bins from the railroad tracks Monday evening after the storm.
The storm also downed power lines in the area. Northern Plains Electric Cooperative reported about 300 accounts without power shortly after the storm. Crews worked on the damage Monday evening and early Tuesday. Still, at 10 a.m. Tuesday approximately 140 people remained without electricity, according to information released by Northern Plains.
By Tuesday, residents were starting the cleanup and tallying the damage. Risovi said damage estimates were still being calculated. The damage to the corn crop may take weeks to establish depending on how much of the crop is broken down.
Risovi speculated the damage would exceed $1 million.
“It was kind of ugly,” Thad Rosenau said. “But there’s not much we can do about it. Let it play out and see how it goes.”
Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org