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Storms wreak havoc in Bushnell area


Penny Merryfield

Several trucks from Z & S Construction of Kimball hauled debris from Carol Novotny's farm south of Bushnell on Monday, Aug. 1 to the Kimball Landfill. The Novotny family was one of several whose property and way of life was damaged by recent storms.

Last week's storms may have missed the city of Kimball but it was still devestating to many other parts of the county. Fields were leveled, full grown trees snapped in half, buildings damaged and vehicles totaled.

On the evening of July 27, the first of two quick but hard hitting storms struck the southwestern part of Kimball county. These areas included Bushnell, Oliver Lake and thousands of acres of farmland.

Many in the area had already finished wheat harvest. David and Shelly Norberg were lucky that they had finished wheat harvest just two days previous.

Unconfirmed reports include th...

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