North Bend Eagle



Rain floods, hail strips crops in Saturday storm

by Mary Le Arneal
posted 7/5/08

In what seems to be a year of weekly news-making storms, another storm hit north of North Bend Saturday morning, July 5, 2008.

Heavy rains, ranging from two to seven inches were reported as well as hail. The area north of Maple Creek for about three miles bore the heaviest damage with low lands flooding and crops stripped with heavy hail damage.

Flooding occurred in the Silver Creek basin about a quarter mile south of Webster that is rarely full of water.

Betty Wietfeld, who lives at Webster, nine miles north of North Bend, said the flooding started around 9 a.m. and breached the road at 9:30. It continued over the road until just before 1 p.m. By 2 p.m. the road was cleared and open. In all, 3.8 inches of rain was recorded at the Wietfelds’ home.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Wietfeld said, “lasting his long, this wide and coming this fast.”

John Kreikemeier was out surveying the roads. He is a road maintainer and lives four miles south of Snyder.

Kreikemeier said there was hail damage all the way to Colfax County line in about one and a half to three mile wide swath.

Bruce Ferguson lives and farms along County Road K, the Webster road. His crops sustained extensive damage.

“We are glad no one was injured during the storm,” Ferguson’s wife, Pat said. “It hit hard and fast seeming to last a very long time. Bruce can’t recall a time when we had this much damage. Our land west and north of Webster was heavily damaged also, not only from the hail but as a result of being on the Silver Creek. Things can always be worse, we are thankful that we are all OK.”

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