Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hail storm sweeps across Cheyenne

By James Brosher

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Cheyenne resident Vincent Baldwin tries to clear drains of debris at the intersection of Pershing Boulevard and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne resident Vincent Baldwin tries to clear drains of debris at the intersection of Pershing Boulevard and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne police officer Joel Hickerson, left, and Christine Escobar shove debris out of a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. Escobar, who lives one house from the intersection on 23rd Street, said she was able to save a few things in her basement before a "waterfall" flooded her home. Several residents, police officers and city employees armed with shovels, pitch forks, brooms and military entrenching tools quickly cleared debris from the intersection's drains to allow flood waters to subside until a city snow plow and two front loaders arrived to clear the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne police officer Joel Hickerson, left, and Christine Escobar shove debris out of a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. Escobar, who lives one house from the intersection on 23rd Street, said she was able to save a few things in her basement before a "waterfall" flooded her home. Several residents, police officers and city employees armed with shovels, pitch forks, brooms and military entrenching tools quickly cleared debris from the intersection's drains to allow flood waters to subside until a city snow plow and two front loaders arrived to clear the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Dave Hefenieder, a Cheyenne employee, uses a pitch fork to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Cheyenne received 1.46 inches of rain between 5:15 and 5:50 p.m., according to the National Weather Service along with hail up to golf ball size. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Dave Hefenieder, a Cheyenne employee, uses a pitch fork to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Cheyenne received 1.46 inches of rain between 5:15 and 5:50 p.m., according to the National Weather Service along with hail up to golf ball size. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Residents use a shovel to dig a vehicle out of a mound of hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, along 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Residents use a shovel to dig a vehicle out of a mound of hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, along 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Brianna Portes, 3, points at a front loader as it unclogs the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street as she stands with her babysitter, Brad Eddy, and his son, Otto Eddy, 3, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Brianna Portes, 3, points at a front loader as it unclogs the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street as she stands with her babysitter, Brad Eddy, and his son, Otto Eddy, 3, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city crew uses a snow plow blade to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city crew uses a snow plow blade to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city crew make their way along Bradley Avenue at the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. The crew used the snow plow's blade to unclog storm drains to allow flood waters to subside at the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city crew make their way along Bradley Avenue at the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. The crew used the snow plow's blade to unclog storm drains to allow flood waters to subside at the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tony Estrada, left, directs city crews attempting to use a snow plow blade to unclog a storm drain on Bradley Avenue near the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tony Estrada, left, directs city crews attempting to use a snow plow blade to unclog a storm drain on Bradley Avenue near the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tire tracks are seen through a hail-covered road on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tire tracks are seen through a hail-covered road on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A car damaged by hail sits along 29th Street near Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A car damaged by hail sits along 29th Street near Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tree leaves and pieces of hail cover a sidewalk on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, near Pando Park in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tree leaves and pieces of hail cover a sidewalk on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, near Pando Park in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cullen Gienapp, 8, center, reacts as he tosses a piece of hail over his head into the flood waters on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Pando Park in Cheyenne. He, along with his siblings Abigail, 12, and Ella, 8, tossed hail into the water with other youngsters at the park after a severe thunderstorm swept across the area. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cullen Gienapp, 8, center, reacts as he tosses a piece of hail over his head into the flood waters on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Pando Park in Cheyenne. He, along with his siblings Abigail, 12, and Ella, 8, tossed hail into the water with other youngsters at the park after a severe thunderstorm swept across the area. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Ella Giennapp, 8, winds up to throw a piece of hail into a pond that formed at Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Several youngsters trekked to the park to try throwing hail into the water. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Ella Giennapp, 8, winds up to throw a piece of hail into a pond that formed at Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Several youngsters trekked to the park to try throwing hail into the water. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Benjamin Sweeney uses a tape measure to get the depth of the water in Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. His tape measure hit the bottom at 41 inches. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Benjamin Sweeney uses a tape measure to get the depth of the water in Pando Park on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. His tape measure hit the bottom at 41 inches. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Golf-ball-sized hail fell across Cheyenne on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, doing serious damage to cars, homes and trees. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Golf-ball-sized hail fell across Cheyenne on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, doing serious damage to cars, homes and trees. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tony Estrada uses a snow shovel to unclog debris from a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street in Cheyenne. Estrada, a native of Cheyenne, said he had never seen a storm produce so much hail in Cheyenne before. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Tony Estrada uses a snow shovel to unclog debris from a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and 23rd Street in Cheyenne. Estrada, a native of Cheyenne, said he had never seen a storm produce so much hail in Cheyenne before. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Hail floats on the water in the tennis court at Pando Park after a severe thunderstorm swept across the area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Hail floats on the water in the tennis court at Pando Park after a severe thunderstorm swept across the area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man shares a laugh with a neighbor as he attempts to get his four-wheel-drive truck out of a mound of hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, on 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man shares a laugh with a neighbor as he attempts to get his four-wheel-drive truck out of a mound of hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, on 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Dave Hefenieder, a Cheyenne employee, uses a pitch fork to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Cheyenne received 1.46 inches of rain between 5:15 and 5:50 p.m., according to the National Weather Service along with hail up to golf ball size. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Dave Hefenieder, a Cheyenne employee, uses a pitch fork to unclog a storm drain at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Cheyenne received 1.46 inches of rain between 5:15 and 5:50 p.m., according to the National Weather Service along with hail up to golf ball size. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city employee uses a front loader to clear hail, water and debris from a thunderstorm at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A city employee uses a front loader to clear hail, water and debris from a thunderstorm at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

City workers use a snowplow in an attempt to clear hail and flood waters from Bradley Avenue near the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

City workers use a snowplow in an attempt to clear hail and flood waters from Bradley Avenue near the intersection with 23rd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne police officer Joel Hickerson reaches down to clear debris out of a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. Several residents, police officers and city employees armed with shovels, pitch forks, brooms and military entrenching tools quickly cleared debris from the intersection's drains to allow flood waters to subside until a city snow plow and two front loaders arrived to clear the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne police officer Joel Hickerson reaches down to clear debris out of a storm drain on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue in Cheyenne. Several residents, police officers and city employees armed with shovels, pitch forks, brooms and military entrenching tools quickly cleared debris from the intersection's drains to allow flood waters to subside until a city snow plow and two front loaders arrived to clear the intersection. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Fog rises off of a river of hail as police block Bradley Avenue at the intersection of 22nd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Fog rises off of a river of hail as police block Bradley Avenue at the intersection of 22nd Street on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man struggles as he uses a trenching tool to try to unclog a storm drain along 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man struggles as he uses a trenching tool to try to unclog a storm drain along 23rd Street near the intersection with Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man navigates hail-filled waters at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A man navigates hail-filled waters at the intersection of 23rd Street and Bradley Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Fog rises from the ground after a thunderstorm dumped hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Fog rises from the ground after a thunderstorm dumped hail on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

The aftermath of a hail storm is visible on the hood of a car parked along Central Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

The aftermath of a hail storm is visible on the hood of a car parked along Central Avenue on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Partially melted hail is seen on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Hail up to golf ball sized dropped across Cheyenne, damaging cars, homes and trees. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Partially melted hail is seen on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Cheyenne. Hail up to golf ball sized dropped across Cheyenne, damaging cars, homes and trees. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A Ford Mustang sits submerged in flood waters along Pioneer Avenue after a thunderstorm dumped rain and golf-ball-sized hail across Cheyenne on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

A Ford Mustang sits submerged in flood waters along Pioneer Avenue after a thunderstorm dumped rain and golf-ball-sized hail across Cheyenne on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Onlookers look at the pond from flash flooding at the intersection of Lincolnway and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Onlookers look at the pond from flash flooding at the intersection of Lincolnway and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Craig Michael laughs as he pokes a finger through the top of his crop spray plane's tail after a piece of hail went straight through it as it sat parked at Sky Harbor Air Service, Inc. on Tuesday in Cheyenne. A sudden downpour on Tuesday evening produced golf ball sized hail. (Jerret Raffety/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Craig Michael laughs as he pokes a finger through the top of his crop spray plane's tail after a piece of hail went straight through it as it sat parked at Sky Harbor Air Service, Inc. on Tuesday in Cheyenne. A sudden downpour on Tuesday evening produced golf ball sized hail. (Jerret Raffety/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne Police Department Sgt. Chad Seidel walks through at the intersection of Lincolnway and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

Cheyenne Police Department Sgt. Chad Seidel walks through at the intersection of Lincolnway and Snyder Ave Tuesday afternoon. Golf ball sized hail and flash flooding hit Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon causing damage and flooded intersections. (Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

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  1. Betty Dunagan says ...

    Thanks for the great photos of this storm. We were out of town yesterday, so did not see it while it was happening.

    Posted at 7:37 am on July 13, 2011

  2. Liz says ...

    That is a small reminder id the flood of Aug 1995 there in cheyenne.

    Posted at 9:05 am on July 13, 2011

  3. Liz says ...

    That is a small reminder of the flood of Aug 1995 there in cheyenne.

    Posted at 9:06 am on July 13, 2011

  4. chelsie schlabs says ...

    thats my daddy in the loader!!!!

    Posted at 9:36 am on July 13, 2011

  5. lucy says ...

    Um Liz don’t you mean the flood in August of 1985?

    Posted at 10:25 am on July 13, 2011

  6. Heather says ...

    And we in Denver, CO have thought we have had it bad with 6 days of heavy rain! At least we have not had that kind of hail before! PS- Cheyenne has cute police officers! :)

    Posted at 10:33 am on July 13, 2011

  7. scott langerak says ...

    Wow! Ive been in hailstorms in Cheyenne WY before but nothing this bad. Good to see pics. of old Cheyenne. Glad I wasnt in town for this one.

    Posted at 10:48 am on July 13, 2011

  8. Jeff says ...

    Wow!
    Doesn’t make me homesick this week at all..

    Go Indians!!!

    Posted at 11:29 am on July 13, 2011

  9. Kathy Thompson says ...

    What sad memories this brings back from August 1985. Least we never forget the people who lost their lives then.

    Posted at 11:34 am on July 13, 2011

  10. Lisa says ...

    Heather – what are you talking about??!! Arvada Wheat Ridge, and Lakewood had a storm like this two years ago. There have been others like this over the past year in Brighton, Aurora, etc. You must be on vacation every time a bad hail storm hits the Metro area!

    Posted at 11:41 am on July 13, 2011

  11. Pam says ...

    It’s nice to know that Cheyenne still pulls together to help each other. I miss that.

    Posted at 11:43 am on July 13, 2011

  12. Lori says ...

    I hope it’s not this way next week when we visit (all the way from Ohio!!) It DOES make me a little homesick to see Leo Pando’s great Pond though! LOL! Get READY for that terrible afternoon weather that makes each year of Frontier Daze so very special!!
    YEEEEEEEEEHAW!

    Posted at 12:18 pm on July 13, 2011

  13. Mitch says ...

    all these pics are not helping me convince my California native Wife to move home to Cheyenne with me… lol

    Posted at 12:26 pm on July 13, 2011

  14. Doc Settles says ...

    We were stationed at Warren for both the ’85 and ’95 floods..Cheyenne knows how to pull together and help each-other. Hope Warren AFB and the Buffalo Soldiers monument statue on Randall Ave., are still standing strong!. God bless Cheyenne and Warren’s Emergency Response Forces!.

    Posted at 3:28 pm on July 13, 2011

  15. Shannon says ...

    Ditto on the police officer!!!!!!

    Posted at 3:35 pm on July 13, 2011

  16. Joe says ...

    I remember the ’85 one like it was yesterday. Holiday park was a lake on all sides into the streets. I miss my home town.

    Posted at 3:43 pm on July 13, 2011

  17. Keri says ...

    Goodness, this is amazing! With all the weather concerns all over the nation, maybe Cheyenne got off better than many…?

    Posted at 3:50 pm on July 13, 2011

  18. kellly says ...

    THANKS GOD THAT NOONE GOT HURT IN THE STORM. EVERYTHING THAT WAS DAMAGED CAN BE REPLACED IN TIME. LETS GET IT CLEANED UP AN READY FOR FRONTIER DAYS WHOOT WHOOT. :)

    Posted at 3:51 pm on July 13, 2011

  19. Kelsey says ...

    WOW!!! I have been taking claim calls all day…Now I understand the catastrophic disaster. Here in Laramie we got a little rain.

    Posted at 3:57 pm on July 13, 2011

  20. Marsha says ...

    I can’t believe it. It must have sounded awful. Did anyone get hurt? How long did it last?
    I think I will take my 107 degree heat yesterday.

    Posted at 4:18 pm on July 13, 2011

  21. mahala says ...

    bradley and 23rd have seen so much…..how about how bad it was in 79? thats when my great grandma lived right there

    Posted at 5:02 pm on July 13, 2011

  22. Kathleen Ek says ...

    Please..Please Please be nice weather for Frontier Days..driving 800 miles to see my Mom and Dad and introduce my kids to the wonderful event. Cheyenne has the nicest people I have ever met!!

    Posted at 5:06 pm on July 13, 2011

  23. Jeannie Crofts says ...

    I’m so sorry to hear about the flooding and damage, and I hope everyone is okay.

    Great job Tribune on capturing some amazing images! Especially James Brosher, very nice work!!

    Posted at 5:39 pm on July 13, 2011

  24. Sheila says ...

    I miss Cheyenne SO much, but I am VERY thankful I was not there. My cousin posted pictures of her BRAND NEW car with what looks like gunshot holes in her back window, only it was from hail. It’s crazy to look at this and see City workers in shorts, and what appears to be, shoveling snow. Amazing!

    Posted at 5:43 pm on July 13, 2011

  25. Gina Miller says ...

    I lived in Cheyenne in 1985 and I remember the Flood and Hail we got then. This flood was bad, but nothing like 1985….

    Posted at 7:19 pm on July 13, 2011

  26. gordon says ...

    Only in Cheyenne, wow!!!

    Posted at 9:15 pm on July 13, 2011

  27. Nanner says ...

    I love how most everyone is smiling, or at least pleasant looking despite the circumstances. God bless Wyoming!

    Posted at 9:35 pm on July 13, 2011

  28. Kristin says ...

    WOW! What a year, huh? This is amazing, so odd to see what looks like the aftermath of a good ole Cheyenne snow storm, being shoveled out by folks in shorts. If it had to happen, I’m glad it didn’t happen during Frontier Days. Rain, sleet, snow, or hail, its good to see pictures of my “other” home!

    Posted at 11:00 pm on July 13, 2011

  29. Heidi Simones says ...

    Yeah that is my white house on the corner of bradley and 23rd!!! What a day shoveling all that hail!! It was a nightmare but I was so happy to see all of our neighbors pulling together and helping out!!! Also working for insurance sucks after days like this!!!

    Posted at 11:02 pm on July 13, 2011

  30. Frank McGeoy says ...

    I cannot understand why anyone would continue living in Cheyenne even if you were paid tp be there!

    Happy Frank from CA.

    Posted at 11:28 pm on July 13, 2011

  31. jennifer B says ...

    I am going to have to agree with heather kinda makes me wanna break the speed limit in cheynne so I can get pulled over and meet that one lol (just sayin)

    Posted at 11:52 pm on July 13, 2011

  32. Rufus Frijole says ...

    I feel the same way about California. The smog chokes me and induces asthma. No problem breathing in Wyoming or NV.

    Happy Frank II in Henderson,NV

    Posted at 12:45 am on July 14, 2011

  33. Travis says ...

    Asa former resident my prayers are with you all. Now for a quick clean up and hoping you all have a Great Frontier Days.

    Posted at 6:40 am on July 14, 2011

  34. Dan says ...

    Why we live here? Believe me, it’s not what’s here, has nothing to do with the weather, it’s what is NOT here that makes Cheyenne a great city to live in. It’s got its warts, but this town is what America used to be. That’s why you see neighbors and cops working side by side. And all this without traffic jams, blistering heat, pollution, concrete jungles, high unemployment, cockroaches, or a budget deficit. I know my neighbors and would shovel hail, heck, raw sewage for that matter out of their yard if they needed it, and they’d do the same for me. THAT’S the spirit where we live. It ain’t perfect, but it’s a good fit for us. God bless Wyoming and keep her wild!

    Posted at 7:21 am on July 14, 2011

  35. Levi says ...

    Makes me glad to say that I don’t live there anymore. :p

    Posted at 8:35 am on July 14, 2011

  36. Colleen Miller says ...

    I am so glad to be in Texas!!! I am praying for everyone there in Cheyenne!!!

    Posted at 11:46 am on July 14, 2011

  37. Alicia K says ...

    Dan you are so right!
    Yes we have our fair share of idiotic and disturbing bevhaviors but at the same point in time, it is a safe fun loving enviorment.

    Frank- Wow because of one hail storm a year you don’t understand why anyone would live here!? I love it here, my kids can play outside without the fear of being shot, kidnapped, etc. You can drive down a dark road at night without fear of being car-jacked, walk down a street without fear of being mugged. You may not like Cheyenne and that is your choice, but those of us who choose to stay here have decided Cheyenne isn’t all that bad!

    Posted at 12:31 pm on July 14, 2011

  38. Valerie says ...

    WOW i thought even what we got here in McCook,Nebraska for a Hail Storm we had I have pics on my phon I will see how i can get them on my Facebook page to.. but it will never get like what it has in Wy.. Hey Ladys your wright about the Police in Wy. they are Hot. but they are all Married knowing our luck…. WOW….

    Posted at 2:02 pm on July 14, 2011

  39. Alice says ...

    Ah, Cheyenne! My home town. Had to leave that high altitude for my health but it is home for me. I remember ’79, ’85, and more. Not really pleasant times but interesting, right? Love the rest of the time in Cheyenne. Now, please find some way to send some of the rain water (no hail please) to us in southwest Oklahoma where I now live.

    Posted at 4:36 pm on July 14, 2011

  40. gayle says ...

    the flood was in 1985. my sister and daughter live in cheyenne.my daughter sent me the photos of this past storm .wow!!!!!!!!!! it seems the country is being devastated everywhere.

    Posted at 7:03 pm on July 14, 2011

  41. Nick says ...

    To Frank(and all others like him) keep on thinking that way and let the wind blow you out o my state. We in Wyoming are too strong to let a hail storm or cold weather ruin our attitude. To all of those who helped clean up the mess, God Bless. The kindness of our neighbors is one of the things I love best about this city.

    Posted at 7:54 pm on July 14, 2011

  42. Bill says ...

    Frank sounds like a typical Californian. I don’t think they can relate with the United States. Especially the great state of Wyoming.

    Posted at 8:08 pm on July 14, 2011

  43. Debbie says ...

    Like the flood of 85 we lost friends and neighbors just a reminder of what mother nature can bring!

    Posted at 8:19 pm on July 14, 2011

  44. Bob Sonntag says ...

    Wow! We lived in North Cheyenne for 13 years (until 2003) & never saw hail like that! However, we now live just outside Joplin, MO. so have seen much worse. After almost 2 months, we are still clearing debris, but houses are going back up. People here are pretty independent & resilient folks, just like those we knew in Chey town. It is good to see people fending for themselves rather that waiting for someone to do it for them! We miss you all! Hang in there.

    Posted at 9:30 pm on July 14, 2011

  45. Lonny Rousseau says ...

    Just like Idaho Falls, ID yesterday, After the hailstorm, they discovered Chiggers.

    Posted at 10:45 pm on July 14, 2011

  46. Diane says ...

    The BIG flood that hit Cheyenne thru north Crow Creek was in 1985. I lived on Hickory but had just moved to Denver. My pregnant daughter was still living in Cheyenne.
    I have an album of both the pictures of the 1979 tornado and the flood in 1985 that destroyed so much in Buffalo Ridge. I knew 9 of the 12 people who drowned in that flood.
    A sad, sad memory.
    Diane

    Posted at 8:40 am on July 15, 2011

  47. Terry says ...

    We moved to AZ 2 years ago and this doesn’t surprise me at all. I remember how the weather is there. Very unpredictable weather in Cheyenne.

    Posted at 8:56 am on July 15, 2011

  48. ken logan says ...

    I grsduated and was drafedt from Cheyenne High in 1945 ,——WOW!!!!!!! THANKS ANDY PAPPAS FOR SENDING THIS, KENNY LOGAN COL. USAF (RET.)

    Posted at 10:05 am on July 15, 2011

  49. Rick Wainright says ...

    I was living in Cheyenne in 1985 and we had one that makes this one look like nothing. Aug 1. It was my daughter’s birthday. We had banks of hail that looked like snow.

    Posted at 1:06 pm on July 15, 2011

  50. sarah says ...

    The reason the ’85 flood was so bad was the city lacked drainage parks like the one seen in the photo’s above. Measuring in at 41″ of water, these fill parks take the water and hold it as it slowly drains out. They have been the life-savers that Cheyenne didn’t have in ’85. The community fought them tooth and nail when they were proposed, but lucky for Cheyenne, they were built anyway. When dry they are wonderful parks – a place for kids to sled in the winter, and lots of room for frisbee in the summer. This hail storm and flood may “look like nothing” compared to what happened in the past, but it’s good engineering that made it so.

    Posted at 1:57 pm on July 15, 2011

  51. DON says ...

    HOT DOG AT LEAST IT WASN’T A TORNADO OR WORSE

    Posted at 1:57 pm on July 15, 2011

  52. Anita Edmonds says ...

    Wow, we got a nice welcome home after moving from back to our home town Cheyenne from California after 20 years! Hail damage to our truck most likely will be $4000 worth. Still love the weather here.

    Posted at 2:58 pm on July 15, 2011

  53. L Williams says ...

    Hey! That’s my husband’s golf ball! I mean Mustang! ;-D

    Posted at 5:47 pm on July 15, 2011

  54. Chris Harris says ...

    I’ve seen worse, but not in July and not since the ’70′s

    Posted at 12:50 pm on July 16, 2011

  55. Leslie Slote says ...

    Is Poor Richards ok?

    Posted at 1:16 pm on July 16, 2011

  56. Jerry Taylor says ...

    Hi there from here in GOD’s country,Vancouver Washington . Now I remeber Why I tell people I’m from Cheyoming. Godd luck you people. ….

    Posted at 4:56 pm on July 16, 2011

  57. Calos Cordova says ...

    Gotta Love Wyoming:)

    Posted at 8:27 pm on July 16, 2011

  58. Dawn Might says ...

    Glad I moved to Georgia.

    Posted at 1:08 am on July 17, 2011

  59. Claude Bennington says ...

    wow, the ‘icing on the cake’? that’s what we get for living sooo high;-)
    ::

    Posted at 9:04 am on July 17, 2011

  60. Shelley says ...

    WoW!! Good pictures. Lived in Cheyenne, this brings back memories of 85. 12 people lost their lives then. the tornado of 79. Cheyenne has seen a little of everything.

    Posted at 10:02 am on July 18, 2011

  61. MT says ...

    I live in Rock Spring, but use to live in Cheyenne, and I was passing through Cheyenne on my way back from Denver. We had stopped at the Country Buffet, I looked up at the sky, and told my husband. You don’t want to be here when it rains. We then started our way down Central to hit Lincoln Way, when all of a sudden the hail it. It was like someone shooting with a machine guy at my car, but only with hail. Now I have hail damage to my car, and if someone knows anything about Disaster relief please let me know, because I only have liability on my car. :(

    Posted at 10:31 am on July 18, 2011

  62. Sherry says ...

    I miss Cheyenne. I missed the storm of 1985 but was there for the ones in 79. I don’t miss the snow but do miss the people. Once a Wyoming native always a Wyoming native.My heart will always be in Wyoming.

    Posted at 2:42 pm on July 18, 2011

  63. Janelle says ...

    This brings back memories of the 85 hailstorm and tremendous damage. People I talk to around the world don’t believe the US can get such weather in July/August! But I’m here in Iceland–land of fire and ice–now and they can believe it although hail here is not common. For the record, on Tuesday I was in northern Iceland, near the Arctic Circle. enjoying a rare but balmy day (60 degrees). I do look forward to someday returning to Cheyenne–and sunny days!

    Posted at 8:13 am on July 19, 2011

  64. Linda says ...

    Wow, I have been away from Cheyenne for many years, but, I remember the hail. My grandpa used to collect it and put it in the freezer. I still love Cheyenne!

    Posted at 9:28 pm on July 19, 2011

  65. Roman says ...

    OMG that was bad i was in steamboat but i saw pic’s on facebook it was bad

    Posted at 11:39 am on July 21, 2011

  66. Steven says ...

    reminds me of 1985, i was only ten years old then.

    Posted at 4:22 pm on July 21, 2011

  67. Bill says ...

    Interesting to see people smiling amongst the difficulty. A favorable image of a nice place to live.

    Posted at 8:19 am on July 22, 2011

  68. Kathy says ...

    Amazing pictures.. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted at 7:53 am on July 29, 2011

  69. LaMont Hernandez says ...

    I was in the same car as Pando & Jenkins me and my girlfriend were double dating with them it was a bad night the car stalled ( a black 4 door ford ) the water picked it up and into dry creek we went… i’ll never forget it

    Posted at 10:04 am on February 8, 2012

  70. Connie Webb says ...

    The great pictures posted surely caught some great moments of the aftermath the hail storm had brought.

    Posted at 2:58 pm on October 30, 2012

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