Jul 5, 2010 6:40 PM by Zach Thaxton
Residents of Limon began cleanup Monday following a July 4th hail storm that broke windows, totaled cars, and ripped leaves from trees and bushes. The storm hit just before dusk Sunday, chasing 4th of July revelers inside and, in some cases, into basements fearing a tornado may be on its way. After all, this down was devastated by a massive tornado on June 6, 1990 -- a storm that injured 14 people. This storm, while not as destructive, still caused a swath of damage across the most populous town in Lincoln County.
The Comfort Inn on the west side of town near I-70 sustained several broken windows. The Chrysler dealership on State Highway 71 just north of the interstate suffered damage to every car and truck on its lot. Many have cracked windshields and all have dimples from the impact of hail stones. One car sustained a shattered rear window, broken tail light, and body damage estimated at $15,000. Elsewhere, backyard gardens were pummelled and trees were stripped of branches and leaves. Cleanup will continue for weeks and insurance adjusters are already in town making damage estimates.