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Published May 03, 2012, 06:52 PM

Wahpeton cleaning up after overnight storm

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - People are cleaning up in the Wahpeton area after strong winds blew through the area overnight. There are downed trees, broken branches, and a garage door nearly ripped off its hinges at the airport.

People are cleaning up in the Wahpeton area after strong winds blew through the area overnight. There are downed trees, broken branches, and a garage door nearly ripped off its hinges at the airport.

At 6 this morning Eric Klindt, pilot for the Wilbur Ellis Company that works out of the airport, discovered this damage.

Eric Klindt – Pilot, Wilbur Ellis: “We have had wind here before, but what it did with the doors I mean, you can tell it’s not good.”

This garage door is a total loss, and several others will have to be repaired. The damaged door may have been the company’s saving grace.

Eric Klindt: “The blade from the prop went right through the steel here and then it wedged between this door, and the door was pushed up into the airplane.”

If this plane would not have attached to the door, it could have potentially rolled out causing this nearly 2000 pound door to come crashing down on the cockpit, which would have forced this pilot to replace an entire plane rather than just a garage door.

Eric Klindt: “That can get pretty severe, where then you are up to a couple hundred thousand just for the motor. If this is just the door, this is minimal.”

Damage didn't stop at the airport. Several trees here at the Fair View Cemetery were blown over, making for a busy clean-up day.

Luther Sannes – Cemetery Care Taker: “This is by far the worst we have ever had. We always have some sticks and twigs and things like that, that are down after storms.”

Cemetery care taker Luther Sannes got to the grounds at 9 this morning. He was not expecting to arrive to branches spread throughout and three large trees completely knocked over.

Luther Sannes: “It is unnecessary headache but again we cannot control Mother Nature, and we will roll with the punches and get the job done.”

While Klindt and his crew are thanking their lucky stars the garage door is the total loss rather than the bread and butter of their company, Sannes will continue picking up the pieces making sure this cemetery is cleaned up and ready for its Memorial Day celebration.

The garage door will cost nearly $20,000 to replace. Damages to the plane are still being estimated.

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