Severe storms, hail cause damage in eastern El Paso County

Severe storms impacted eastern El Paso County Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 10:27 PM MDT
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Yoder, Colo. (KKTV) - Tuesday was an active day across Southern Colorado as severe thunderstorms brought rain, lightning, and hail to parts of El Paso County.

In Yoder, some roads near Highway 96 were covered in piles of hail and standing water. The storms came in quickly in the late afternoon.

“We were getting pingpong-size and a little bigger along the whole side,” said Irma Hill.

Irma Hill’s property looked like it was covered in snow on a July night. Her house was damaged in a 2018 hail storm. Now the trailer her family is living in is damaged too. She says the hail destroyed the siding, which is now covered in holes. Her garden was also ruined in the storm along with some of the fixtures in it.

“We’re real lucky it didn’t break the windows,” said Hill.

Many families heard the hail before they saw it, along with rain and lightning.

“It just kind of came out of nowhere,” said Randy Hart.

Randy Hart says he woke up to the sound while he was napping. He feels lucky his house avoided any damage.

“It sounded like somebody was hitting the house with a hammer,” said Hart. “Some of the bigger ones were a little bit bigger than a golf ball, and then they would hit and they would shatter because they were coming down so hard.”

Just down the road, one of Hill’s horses got caught in the storm. Neighbors found the horse stuck in the water and hail.

" She must have gotten caught in it and slid down the hill,” said Hill.

A group of good samaritans helped rescue the horse and get it upright.

“I was driving up and saw everybody down here. There was a horse down in the water and in the hail and the ice,” said Aaron Strong. “We ended up getting her up, but if we wouldn’t have it would’ve been bad. She would’ve probably passed away.”

Neighbors in Yoder help each other. They say the storm is helpful too, bringing them moisture they desperately need. They tell 11 News they feel fortunate the damage is not worse.

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