Grant County residents clean up after storm damage

Homeowners are cleaning up their homes and yards after severe storms hit Grant County Thursday night.

Roger Halverson lives off Highway 133 in Woodman. He was home when the storm began Thursday night.

Rain water from last night’s storm came right down this hill and nearly caused for a Grant Co. resident to lose their home. #News3Now

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“We were actually at home making supper and then all of the sudden, it started raining out,” Halverson said. “I looked outside and I said, ‘Look at our yard; it’s gone.'”

Halverson said he ran outside to see what he could do to save it from water damage. He said the water was up to his waist.

“It came down that hill just furiously, and I’m like, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ I had water coming out of my septic tank, so I called 911. I just had them come in here with the fire trucks and everybody helped me out,” Halverson said.

Highway 133 and surrounding rural roads also caused Boscobel Middle and High School to cancel school Friday.

“We had impassable roads at 9 o’clock, 9:30 last night. The county had gotten ahold of us and said there were some mudslide issues. There was a culvert that was out in an area, and our buses would have a hard time getting through that area, even if they worked through the night,” Principal Wally Byrne said.

Byrne said he had never seen school canceled because of flooding before.

“That was odd because it was that time of the year and not snowfall, so that was unique but unfortunate,” Byrne said. “We would rather keep people safe.”

Halverson said the same about his home because he has never seen damage this severe, and he’s hoping it won’t happen again.

“I’ve got a beautiful home. I don’t want to lose my home to an act of nature,” Halverson said.

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