Storm busts Garfield Bay docks on Lake Pend Oreille

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 6:16 PM

SAGLE, Idaho -- People across the Inland Northwest are still picking up the pieces after Wednesday’s destructive storm. Marina managers at Garfield Bay on Lake Pend Oreille called all boat owners about the storm and urged them to pull their boats out of the water.

High winds were unforgiving to the docks at Garfield Shores Resort.  Eyewitnesses said gusts were easily over 100 miles per hour.

The dock snapped off from the shore and moved about 20 feet. No one was hurt during the storm but boats were damaged. Most of the damage was cosmetic.

The docks will have to be replaced at the resort. Crews say it will be at least a month before that can happen. The resort and several homes also did not have power Friday evening.

The local utility company said power would not be restored until Saturday at the earliest.

Not far from the resort, people are working to clean up the damage. A huge pine tree fell in Bert Thorne’s front yard, just barely missing his pickup truck.

“You could hear it just howling through. You could see stuff flying across the lake. You couldn’t see the boats right here. The water was that heavy and that think,” said Thorne.

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