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Cheyenne Mount Zoo still making repairs from last year's hail storm

Posted at 7:29 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 21:38:14-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to make repairs a year after a violent thunderstorm pounded the grounds with golf ball sized hail.

The storm sent animals and crowds running for cover, destroyed cars in the parking lot, and triggered an emergency plan.

The zoo's director said he remembers being in a meeting when hail stones started raining down.

"I moved to the front of the zoo, to the front of the administration building and watched the hail get going, and then hail stones started coming in through the sky lights behind us," said Zoo President and CEO, Bob Chastain.

The storm caused an estimated $5 million in damage.

Repairs will continue through the early part of next year.