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CRAWFORD – A severe weather system yesterday afternoon pounded Crawford with large hail.
Mayor Connie Shell says the hailstorm was relatively brief but intense with hailstones the size of baseballs and tennis balls battering all parts of the city but doing little structural damage to buildings.
Shell says she won’t have any idea on a dollar value of the loss to public and private property until the insurance appraisers come to town. Some have already arrived with others expected next week.
Shell says the storm will not affect tomorrow’s open house and free will donation lunch at the Crawford Fire Hall, set to run from 11-2:00.
The same weather pattern that spawned the Crawford hailstorm triggered 2 lightning-caused fires west of Chadron.
Assistant Chadron Fire Chief Patrick O’Brien says one fire was along Hwy 20 just west of the Chadron airport and burned only about the size of a desk before a passerby was able to extinguish it.
The second fire was in a wheatfield a few miles south of the highway off Deadhorse Road. O’Brien says it was held to about 4 acres with crews back to the firestation in less than 2 hours. U-S Forest Service crews also worked the fire.
A mutual aid call was put out for the Crawford VFD after the fires were first reported, but the call was cancelled when Chadron crews found out how small both were.