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Dysart one year after derecho


At 4:36 A.M. July 11, 2011 an intense derecho moved into the town of Dysart creating 80 to 105 mile per hour winds and significant damage across the community.

On that day, Calvary Baptist Church lost two thirds of its roof. Pastor Daniel Hartwig remembers that day vividly.

"Within probably a half hour, I got a call saying that the roof was gone. Didn't know what exactly that meant. By the time I got here about an hour later and I was like, wow, we actually did lose the roof." said Pastor Hartwig.

The church community and neighboring friends and family pulled together and the church was opened again by November of that year. Hartwig thanks his many blessings for the church surviving.

"Praise the Lord for His provisions. Thankful for all the people in the church that really pulled together and showed that they love each other, as a church should. And there was a lot of people who gave up their time, effort and money," Pastor Hartwig said.

Many other structures in Dysart were damaged or destroyed and a few scars can still be seen across the community. Four hundred trees were destroyed and $74,000 in tree damage was reported that day, but Mayor Pam Thiele believes Dysart is fully recovered from the wind storm.

"You really wouldn't know that just a year ago today was a different story. And even when we were in the mist of that disaster we were still Dysart. The community that comes together, celebrates together," said Mayor Thiele.

Thiele says the town has learned from the event and now has a plan in place if another natural disaster should hit the town. But today, Dysart remains open for business.

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