Kevin Schuelke, head of Grant County Management, says Milbank got hit harder than some of the other areas in the county that also experienced severe thunderstorms on Monday night, June 20. The storm caused power outages around the area, and at least 500 customers in the Milbank area lost service.
“Sustained winds for Milbank and extending to Big Stone were 58-60 mph and gusts reached 66 mph,” Schuelke says. “Most of the county, however, experienced winds between 45-55 mph. Rainfall around the area also varied from a couple of tenths to an inch.”
Schuelke says, “This kind of wind will take down branches and uproot trees. I think many that suffered damage were tweaked or weakened from previous storms, although, some of the enhanced wind areas saw gusts close to 70 mph.”
The St. Lawrence Cemetery on the north side of Milbank appeared to take the brunt of the local damage. Stately, old evergreen trees that have lined the perimeter of the graveyard for possibly 100 years were down, split, or had broken branches. Debris was scattered across the lawn and pathways. Volunteer crews started the clean-up on Tuesday and were still conducting restoration work on Wednesday.