LISBON, N.D. — Most of Sunday afternoon in Lisbon was spent sawing up trees and patching up roofs damaged by a storm Saturday, July 4.
Derek Hiam was at his parents' house 6 miles out of town celebrating the holiday when people texted him about a tree that went through his roof.
"I just thought it was kind of some joke, like a little squall that went through town and maybe knocked some branches off and scuffed a few shingles, but I never could've imagined this kind of damage," he said.
People helped him get the tree off Hiam's roof, but the front entrance to his house is now blocked.
The damage spread from his roof to his bathroom, which is now a mess of water and mud.
A couple blocks away, on Elm Street, Brad Ellingson's tree was still leaning on his roof after the storm.
"It was a huge gust (of wind)," he said. "I've never felt that kind of impact from a blast of wind, and I've been in quite a few."
Along with the tree that hit his roof, another tree in his backyard split in two, narrowly missing his deck.
Ellingson watched everything unfold from outside, something he said he shouldn't have done.
"I should've been down in the basement," he said with a laugh. "It's not something you want to take that risk with."
But not everyone's house fell to the hands of Mother Nature, as Karla Hueter's house was spared.
She also sat outside and recorded the minute-and-a-half long storm, and she immediately thought of helping her neighbors when it wrapped up.
"It's humbling to see the damage that the neighbors had and knowing that we didn't have any, so I've been just trying to help out where I can," Hueter said.
As for those who weren't spared, they're hoping the next visit from Mother Nature is a more pleasant one.
"She can be a fine lady and a cruel lady at the same time, and she definitely had a little wrath on this one," Hiam said.