Commercial Roof Inspections in Belle Fourche & Western South Dakota for Wind and Hail Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on June 12, 2022
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Extreme high wind and hail storms inflicted heavy property and roof damage in Belle Fourche and Western South Dakota on Sunday, June 12th. Storm chasers went on the record calling the massive ice that smashed agricultural and commercial buildings “gorillas.” RestoreMasters has emergency roof repair crews in Butte County, S.D., to accelerate wind and hail damage insurance claims and provide commercial roof inspection services.
“A few ranches and buildings, some sustained literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. Roofs off homes blew apart buildings, collapsed barns, tipped over semis that were parked with heavy trailers on them and just flipped them over,” Butte County Sheriff and emergency manager Fred Lamphere reportedly told South Dakota Public Broadcasting. “So, it was pretty intense. We’re still assessing all the infrastructure-type damage. It’s just going to be a couple of days to start putting everything back together.”
Western South Dakota property owners are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection. Wind and hail damage to roofing systems allow debris and moisture to penetrate buildings, inviting water damage and hazardous mold growths.
A local high wind and hailstorm damage map confirms emergency roofing services are needed in Butte Fourche and across Western South Dakota. At least four overlapping hailstorms blanketed the region, stretching across the Wyoming border into the Badlands.
Long yellow swaths across the wind and hail damage map show ice up to 1.25 inches peppering areas. The light orange sections point to hail up to 1.75 inches, with the darker orange highlighting hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter. But the purple concentrations are where “gorilla” hail devastated neighborhoods and business districts in Belle Fourche, and a prompt commercial roof inspection may be sorely needed.
Hail and extreme wind images and videos have been posted to local social media:
The National Weather Service high wind, tornado, and hail property damage map shows a dark concentration of storms targeting Western South Dakota and central areas of the state. Other severe weather systems trickle across Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. All told, there were six tornados, 123 high wind incidents, and 61 hailstone strikes across the country on Sunday, June 12th. Wide-reaching resources report the following Western South Dakota sustained among the worst property and roof damage.
- Belle Fourche: Hailstone strikes the size of grapefruits pounded automobiles, and rooftops, as residents stayed away from windows. Driving winds over 75 mph threw debris and ice as siding and windows were impacted. Large trees were reportedly uprooted and toppled.
- Creighton: Residents in Pennington County sheltered in place as hailstones qualifying as “gorillas” inflicted hail damage on roofs that require emergency roof repair.
- Deadwood: Historic buildings may require commercial roof inspection after hail the size of ping pong balls peppered the community.
- Elm Springs: Hail the size of golf balls pelted windshields and cracked roofing shingles just before 8 pm.
- Fort Meade: Ice the size of hen eggs made landfall, cracking asphalt shingles, and dented metal roofing systems.
- Redig: Wind gusts reportedly exceeded 84 mph across Harding County.
- Saint Onge: Winds gusts raged upwards of 91 mph as ice the size of a baseball caused hail roof damage.
- Sturgis: Commercial buildings across the city were hit with multiple hail falls, some as large as half dollars.
- Wasta: Meade County property owners took heavy roof hail damage as hail the size of grapefruits battered agricultural and commercial structures, pushed by 64 mph winds.
- Whitewood: Lawrence County was not spared as golf ball-sized ice impacted structures.
Affected property owners are urged to schedule commercial roof inspection services and make prompt roof leak repairs. RestoreMasters recently sent hail roof repair teams to Sioux Falls and Southeast South Dakota to correct hail roof damage on May 28, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.
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