Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:20 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Jun 20, 2013 8:21 PM
FAIRFIELD - Damaging winds, golf-ball size hail, and pounding rain fell over Teton County on Wednesday evening, leaving a mess for homeowners and farms.
Farm owner Dean Pearson said, "Probably one of the worst storms I've ever seen; the rain...you couldn't see more than 50 feet, it lasted for about half an hour. with lots of hail, in it, and it hailed the whole time, and lots of big hail and small hail. It was probably six inches deep when it got done."
Fellow farmer Duane Paddock said, "Our grass fields look like you took a lawn mower to them."
From broken windshields, destroyed windows, and even collapsed sheds, the 30-minute storm caused plenty of damage.
Pearson said, "Some damage to vehicles; mainly crop damage, is what we're worried about - it pretty much wiped out this part of our farm...it's gone."
The storm left two-thirds of his malt alfalfa completely ruined and now he waits to see what help he will get from insurance.
The Paddock's fields are not insured and they're estimating damages at about $100,000, but they say it's not a total loss: "It's re-growable, so I mean, instead of two cuttings we'll probably only get one."
Both farmers are used to Montana's often unpredictable and severe weather, but they say this storm was different.
Pearson said, "You don't see stuff like that very often."