Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:40 PM by Shannon Davis
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 5:10 PM
Nearly two weeks ago a windstorm tore through Twin Bridges, causing extensive damage to the town and leaving the community without electricity for more than 24 hours. The community has banned together and now only small repairs and minor cleanup is left to be done.
"I think the community is doing real well," said Lloyd Carlson, fire chief of Twin Bridges. "You can look around and there is still a little bit of cleanup going on, but for the most part you can't even tell a storm even hit."
The storm reached 90 mile per hour wind gusts and lasted only a few minutes. It uprooted several trees and damaged many roofs.
"We're missing a lot of the trees and a lot of the landmarks," said Verta Dorseth, a longtime resident of Twin Bridges. "I think that's the hardest part is the landmarks being gone. But trees are replaceable, people are not. And so we were lucky. We were so lucky. It could have been so much worse."
No one was injured following the windstorm. In fact, many residents say the disaster brought them closer.
"I think it gives us an idea a little bit of what people who really are in Tornado Alley go through," Dorseth said. "I mean it was so scary. That wind was unbelievable."