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Storm Leaves Extensive Damage in Zap

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Before making its way to Bismarck and Mandan, the storm seemed to unleash its wrath on the small town of Zap.

Mark Hanson with MDU says their power went out at 9:37pm and didn't come back on for the majority of customers until nearly 3:30 in the morning.

What residents woke up to this morning...was quite a shock.

"It was very loud. I actually thought, oh my gosh it's a tornado," says Cindy Zahn, Zap Auditor.

A severe storm took a diagonal path across the state once again.

"This is the worst here," says Josh Alyea, Maintenance.

Strong winds zipped through the little town of Zap.

"Weird how it uprooted some of those big evergreens but, you know, they're shallow-rooting trees anyway so they'd be the first to come down but it's a shame because they're nice big trees," says Zahn.

It's not just evergreens that came down...

"Not much rain just bad winds and I drove around last night. I was working until about 12:30. I put barricades up because all of this was all down," says Alyea.

This street took the brunt of the blow.

Trees are snapped, power lines are broken and hanging.

"I got a call that my mom and dad's house - the damage was so bad. When I got here I was shocked. Everything's down, the trees are down and fortunately the house is still standing. But anyway, it was a scary moment," says Kathleen Rakes, Mandan Resident.

As you can see there's a lot of destruction here along first avenue and main. Residents say crews have been out here since about 10 o'clock this morning working to restore power and other services to the area. Fortunately no one was hurt.

"Thank God nobody got hurt, you know, it's a mess but clean it up and start over," says Zahn.

"It's a mess. I've got a lot of work ahead of me," says Alyea.

A lot of work ahead, but most importantly, the storm spared homes and lives.

"Pretty lucky," says Zahn.

Hanson says linemen will continue to repair damage today and tomorrow.

He says all power should be restored in Zap early this evening.


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