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Published July 23, 2012, 07:34 PM

Storm Damage at Lake Ida

Lake Ida (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners are picking up the pieces left behind by one, strong storm that slammed Becker County overnight. Only one beach got the brunt of the damage, but it's not pretty. Homeowners putting in hours of hard work into clean-up.

Lake Ida (WDAY TV) -- Homeowners are picking up the pieces left behind by one, strong storm that slammed Becker County overnight. Only one beach got the brunt of the damage, but it's not pretty. Homeowners putting in hours of hard work into clean-up.

Check this out. Storms ripped a cottonwood tree from its roots, and smashed it right through a gazebo and into a shed. It's a hard sight for homeowners -- losing so much valuable shade from their shoreline.

Hirchert: " When you have a lake cabin, that's one of the last few

things you want to see go down. I would rather have house damage. That

you can fix."

Nothing can fix what happened on Dahlgren Beach, on the North Side of

Lake Ida. Uprooted trees - some snapped at the trunk. All from one single, short storm.

Hirchert: " The waves were pretty high to start with. Then they

started doing this number."

Jim Hirchert his the basement with his family -- as a foreboding storm

cruised across the lake.

Hirchert: "They were looking out the window of the basement, they saw

the trees coming through at the same time. So it was pretty scarey."

Hirchert's just a few cabins away from Gene Peterson's place -- where wind pushed over this huge cottonwood, right into a shed, gazebo

-- exposing the roots. The wind even took out electrical wires.

Peterson: "It's not an earthshattering experience, but when it happens

to you, it makes you kind of sad.."

Peterson's says he never expected to arrive to such damage. And it's not going to be an easy fix. He's taking it in stride though.

"As old as I am, I can mow lawns and feed birds, now I got something

else to do."

Its going to be a lot of work getting these lots back to normal --

just imagine how long it'll take to break this massive tree down into pieces you can move.

Peterson says he has crews coming already to help him clean up the mess.

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