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Published August 01, 2011, 10:00 PM

Monday storms ravage town of Hope

Hope, ND (WDAY TV) - People in Hope had an early morning wake up call. Storms ravaged the small town of just 300. But for one family the storm took its toll on their 100 year old home. Now, they're forced out of it...

The damage is obvious on the outside. But it's inside where this storm hit the Bromstad family the hardest.

Dan Bromstad – Lost home to water: "You're not suppose to be able to see outside when there's no window."

For the first time, Dan Bromstad is getting a look at his flooded basement. Old brick walls literally blown out sending the 4 inches of rain that fell gushing in.

Dan Bromstad: "I didn’t think it would be this bad. I knew it would be bad. Well the majority of the foundation is gone."

The Bromstad's suffered the worst damage in town. The city estimates anywhere from 500-1000 trees down. Some broken and uprooted on top of cars and houses. Winds were so strong it sent huge parts of the Hope elevator crashing to the ground. Grain scattered everywhere. All in all, a quarter million dollars worth of damage just to the elevator.

Jane Ihry – Hope Homeowner: "I get a little teary thinking about it. And trees that have been here for I suppose, 100 years."

Amazingly not one injury.

Jane Ihry: "it was just like a freight train, there's no other way to explain it."

Lucky for the Bromstads they were planning to move in to a new house in two weeks. That move will just have to be bumped up just a bit...

Dan Bromstad: "Right now were kind of scramble mode. You know, get what we can get out and just move on from here..."

The American Red Cross is on its way to help with the clean up effort in town.