October 24, 2014
More Nebraska farmers are suffering from crop damage following a thunderstorm that rolled through parts of York, Seward and Lancaster county -- dropping heavy rain and hail along the way.
Mark Christensen, the Public Works Director for the City of York said nearly one inch of rain fell in about 30-minutes in the area.
The Farm Service Agency representative for the area didn't have an estimate yet on the extent of the crop damage in York or Seward counties but Tim Bunn, General Manger of the Moses Ford dealership in York expects damage estimates to reach six digits.
Bunn said everyone of the 60 cars on his lot were hit by hail.
"It looks like someone took a hammer and started banging on it," said Bunn. "I arrived here about 8 a.m. -- it had just passed through and there was still golf ball size chunks of ice on the ground."
Causing what Bunn estimates will be more than $100,000 in damage to his 50 pre-owned and 10 new vehicles.
The hail battered more than Moses Motor's vehicle - corn field next door also took a significant beating.
"You're looking at a lot of damage as far as crops are concerned," said York and Seward Counties Emergency Management Director, Gary Petersen.
Petersen said the area near the dealership - which is about a mile north of the York interchange - sustained the most crop damage in the two counties.
Bunn said for the dealership, its not all bad news.
If you don't mind a few dents the storm could lend car shoppers a good deal.
"We can offer that savings if they buy it as is. Buy it real cheap and then have the dent removal done on their own."