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Published May 31, 2011, 04:16 PM

Walcott, ND hit hard by severe weather

Walcott, ND (WDAY TV) - Wind damage from severe weather affected homes all over the valley, especially in Richland County.

Storms hit the Walcott area pretty hard last night, but the hardest hit was this farmstead outside the city. This wall used to be part of a standing pole barn, and this barn, which was built in 1925, has been completely toppled by the wind.

Greg Sorge – Storm Victim: "It just came through real quick, left its trademark, and off it went. This bugger come down."

Greg Sorge is walking me around what's left of the buildings surrounding his home.

"If it would've been a foot farther, it would've been on top of the pickup."

It isn't a pretty sight.

“The roof acted like a big chunk of plywood."

Severe Weather devastated his land, dragging debris across his yard.

"All the lumber and stuff and everything from that barn."

Greg and his wife, Peggy, knew a storm was coming. They just didn't realize how soon.

"It came on so quick, it was like what the heck and you know I looked at the window and hollered for her and we went downstairs."

Besides the barns, grain bins are trashed, tin is in the trees, and lumber is laying everywhere.

"Took and pushed it until the side come off."

Sorge says he is surprised that underneath the broken barn, his horses stayed safe.

"I was kinda dreading to go in there but thank the Good Lord that the building itself, the structure was made outta brick."

With all the damage surrounding this home, its going to take quite a long time to put the pieces of this property back together.

The worst of Walcott's damage hit that farmstead, but that doesn't mean the storm missed the city.

The majority of damage in Walcott is to the city buildings. The fire house has a ripped off roof and the city building which houses equipment during the winter is carried off completely. Winds whipped through the town quickly.

LEE VINING - Walcott Mayor: "Started getting a little dark out and when I started paying attention to radar and stuff to see what's going on, it just went from nothing to stuff flying everywhere in a matter of about five to ten minutes."

Vining says insurance companies should be out today to assess the damage.