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Some Mandan Residents Return after Roof Torn Off


Some residents are back home after strong winds tore the roof off of their apartments yesterday.


Crews are beginning the clean-up process.

But it could take another week or so to get the roof repaired.

Mike Chaussee and photographer Tom Palanuk show us the progress.

We just take the machines and crush them up.

The wind died down enough Friday morning to allow crews to safely remove the chunks of roof that blew off.

Everything hung up in them trees is pretty dangerous. It was a lot worse yesterday, because we had a lot more but we got it all down safe so.

Frontier Plumbing and Excavating took the demolition job.

It should take them another day or so to finish.

No, no specific challenges. Just got to stay away from anything falling. That's the biggest thing for us.

He says he's never seen anything like this.


A couple of people who live in the complex say their hearts are still beating quickly.

We're lucky our apartments are going this way rather than the way the wind was going. Yeah, it was pretty shocking man.

Last night I was terrified it might happen to our home, so that's the major thing.>

Johnson says the weather the last few years just keeps her guessing.

Do I need to pack my things..just different..floods one year, now we got roofs flying off, it's just crazy.


As the demo continues, he says the main priority is keeping his crew safe.

The safety issue with everything in the sky..just try and be safe and don't let nothing hit you in the head I guess>

And he wants to get the people who live here back home.

Try to get the last sheets off the roof and try to get everything covered up so everybody can stay where they're at...everything buttoned down.

And time is of the essence.

High winds are forecasted again for Saturday.

Mike Chaussee, KX News

Some people who live in the apartment building have moved back in.

In places where the roof is completely gone, it is still too unsafe to live.

Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering says at least one family is still staying in a hotel.

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