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Page 16 - Thursday, July 16, 2009 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" r Scenes of storm destruction The Sundance Times The tornado from Mel Miller's deck. Storm: continued from page 1 Photo courtesy Mel Miller a fabulous job," Pridgeon said. "We are in contact with the Ameri- can Red Cross in Gillette, the Salvation Army from Rapid City, and local citizens are volunteering support in the recovery efforts." Additionally, Wyoming State Forestry also provided ground crews and agency representatives to work in the emergency operations center; Campbell County was immediately prepared to provide personnel and equipment; and the State of Wyoming Homeland Security provided support with personnel and in coordinating state assets for the emergency. Heavy winds and softball sized hail wreaked havoc in the Cook Lake area where the campground host reported that hall hitting the lake caused a 40-foot spout of water. According to Bearlodge District Ranger Steve Kozel, significant blow down of trees left five units of campers stranded due to blocked roadways. Forest Service personnel activated Monday night to help evacuate the campers to safety and by Tuesday morn- ing, hand crews were dispatched to cut through blocked roads. "We want to take care of public safety issues in major travelcor- ridors first,  Kozel said. "Then we will assess secondary routes." Following aTuesday morning tour of the area, Susan Sanders, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City, said the heavy winds were likely the first touch down of the tornado. Queens Road, northeast of Sundance near Farrall, was hit hard by the raging tornado. Among the destruction was a mobile home occupied by Adolf Wilhelm and a metal pole barn owned by Susan Lynch. A nearly century-old home and other outbuildings owned by Duane "Sonny" and Alice Queen were also demolished in the storm. With Sonny in Belle Fourche, Alice was at home alone with the family dog when the storm hit. "I noticed the wind blow- ing the trees then suddenly it hit and the power went out," Alice said. =It didn$ seem like a lot of noise for the destruction it was causing. It seemed like it lasted ten minutes or less." She added that the blow-in insulation and debris in the house was coming down "like rain, With the rain and wind blowing, I didn't think it was any safer to go outside to seek better shelter." The roof wu ripped off the north and east sides of the two-story home, Inmlde, the north wall was pulled away from the structure causing upmtairs items to tumble down onto the kitchen sink, countertops and floor. Wherever a fracture appeared in the up- stairs flooring, insulation fell through and covered the lower area with several inches of debris. her out on the property, there remains no suggestion of how grand the old barn once was. Built in 1916 with fifty thousand board feet of lumber, all cut and rough-sawed from the ranch, tl,.Le barn is now completely gone. A metal shed near the house d a gooseneck horse trailer parked near the barn are totally gone, and all that remains of another metalbuilding is the front wall standing on concrete. Saddest among the missing possessions are items that were stored in he building next to the house. Those items once be- longed to Alice's son who passed away in February and repre- sented his life in Alaska and Germany. As of Tuesday morning, none of those items had yet been located. As the morning dawned on a brighter day over Queens Road, Alice said, "It's so unreal to go through something so terribly destructive then wake up the next morning to the sun shining and such a beautiful day." The storm as seen from Beulah., Alice Queen surveys the damage to her home, Curt Moberg photo Curt Moberg photos Above: A iron feed bunk wrapped around a power pole at the Queen ranch. Right: Powder River Energy Corporation employees work to repair the storm damage. Lower Left: Duane Queen's home. Lower Right: The remains of the Queens' barn. A view of the tornado from Hwy 111. Photo courtesy Doris Brown Photo courtesy "13m Skaggs www.sundancetimes.com for more storm photos! . I :;i-.' :1 :i: :i I(1 lii T:i'!lr r ;it l!)ll ',i!i:l'lrlr'r'iiill.ll[::lii }rilirqll:liillirt!:iilli:il)[lttit:rfl.rlII[tll:l:ll, )11: .....  t]l I :] T ;]i; !liiiiillFi,lirttfl'.i,';JT Y:TI:;rlIHiliTi, * -