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June 18, 2014

Hail damage plagues area farms, businesses

KEOSAUQUA — Baseball- and even softball-sized hail was reported in a storm which hit the eastern part of Van Buren County Monday afternoon, causing extensive damage.

The storm went between Keosauqua and Farmington and then north. It seems the heaviest damage was from Bonaparte to Stockport and east of Stockport toward Hillsboro.

Several windows were smashed in Bonaparte, and siding was damaged. Tree limbs were down.

As the storm moved northward, crops, rural homes and buildings did not escape damage.

Gary Lane, who farms south of Utica, was examining his corn and bean fields Tuesday morning. He said it was too early to tell the extent of the crop damage, but he estimated one corn field at 20 to 30 percent destroyed. The large hail just ripped through corn stalks on a crop that had shown so much promise. It was one of the best starts to the growing season the county has had in a while. Lane said he will have to wait a few days to see how much of the corn will come out of it. The bean field just south of the corn field didn’t appear to be as damaged. However, a corn field across Spruce Avenue from Lane’s showed a lot of downed stalks.

According to Vicki Lane of the Stockport Elevator, a number of fields and residences were damaged. She said Richard Brombaugh’s home and crops were damaged; Jason Johnson’s machine shed was demolished and there were many other homes that were damaged.

Hail did hit the north edge of Stockport, she said.

Richard and Darrick McLain operate a car dealership southeast of Stockport along Highway 16. Every one of their vehicles was smashed by the softball-sized hail. There were 12 vehicles on their property that received dents and broken windows, according to Richard McLain. The hail tore huge holes in the vinyl siding of his home.

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