Hail does massive damage
Published: Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Marguerite Cullum was attending a birthday dinner at Crazy Horse Memorial when she heard the sound of hail. Soon the noise picked up and grew louder and louder until nobody could talk over the noise.
“We couldn’t even talk in the restaurant,” she said. “We were yelling to the person next to us and still really couldn’t hear. It was horrific sounding.”
After commenting on the large hailstones falling from the sky, everyone at the table — and probably most of Custer — then exclaimed, “My car!”
“My beloved 2005 pick- up truck was really hit hard. It looked like somebody took a hammer to it,” Cullum said. “I had to get a new window ordered for it. Once that gets put in, I’ll have a better estimate on the damage. There’s a long back log to get things fixed.”
Despite the damage, Cullum won’t stop driving her truck.
“It’s still drivable,” she said. “I love it to pieces and I hate to trade it out. I don’t think I will.”
Nearly 20 other vehicles were damaged that night at Crazy Horse.
“There wasn’t much damage, but some had broken or cracked windshields and dents,” said Pat Dobbs, Crazy Horse Memorial media relations specialist. “It was a very steady storm.”
Besides vehicle damage at Crazy Horse, a couple of small office windows were lost in the storm and nearly every RV or vehicle at Heritage Village Campground was damaged.
“Both of my cars were damaged,” said Theresa Janis, who also was working at Crazy Horse at the time of the storm. “One has several cracks in the windshield and the body was pummeled. The other car had the back window broken out and my plastic speaker covers are broken.”
According to Janis, glass from the broken back window was strewn everywhere in the car, including the on front dash and in the heater vent. The car also suffered a broken tail light, a broken mirror and water damage.
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