Storm causes caved in roofs for Northern Hills businesses - KOTA Territory News

Storm causes caved in roofs for Northern Hills businesses


Damaged buildings, downed trees, and power outages. The October blizzard hit KOTA Territory hard, including the Northern Hills.

Rick Hamling owns Blue Devil Auto Detailing in Sturgis. On Saturday morning he found out the storm caused the roof to fall in on his shop.

"The way I look in there is total disbelief that that could actually happen," said Hamling.

Cars and equipment in the detail shop are damaged. For now there will be no work in here.

"Basically our detail shop got shutdown temporarily until we can figure out how to rebuild it," he said.

While the detail shop is closed, Hamling said the body shop is fully operational. Across the street the roof of the Flex Fitness Club is also caved in.

"Took a day to sink in to realize what was really going on and what our first move was going to be as far trying to get back on our feet," said Craig Kirk, owner of the Flex Fitness Club.

Kirk added there has been a lot of support from the community.

"A lot of phone calls and texts saying everyone is going to be there to help us out when we're ready," said Kirk.

Sturgis wasn't the only area to see damaged buildings. Over in Spearfish TMOne is shutdown as their roof is caved in. Elsewhere in town, downed trees are a reminder of the storm.

Many different businesses are dealing with the aftermath of the blizzard, and Hamling is trying to make the best of it.

"It was a struggle to get this far, we just got to muddle through a little bit more," said Hamling.

Sturgis Williams Middle School, the UPS in the Industrial Park, and the Broken Spoke on Lazelle Street were among some of the buildings where the roof had caved in.

School is canceled at Sturgis Williams Middle School for the rest of the week.

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