Cindy Fuller had devoted several years to brightening her Baker City property with trees and flowers and raspberry bushes.
A hailstorm that lasted just a few minutes about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon ravaged much of what Fuller had accomplished.
“Everything on the property took a hit,” Fuller wrote in an email to the Herald. “Quite devastating for me to see all my hard work over the years I put into this land, trying to make it something instead of a barren lot, get damaged like this.”
Fuller lives at 1028 Resort St., in south Baker City between Indiana Avenue and Myrtle Street.
The storm, which brought hailstones about the size of marbles, seemed to focus its wrath on the southern part of town.
Mike Brooks, who manages the Quail Ridge Golf Course, said that although the hail didn’t damage the putting greens or other turf, it littered the 18-hole course with “leaf mush.”
“We’ve just got leaves and twigs all over the place,” Brooks said.
A power spike from a lightning bolt ruined two TV sets at the golf course, one in the bar and one in the pro shop, Brooks said.
“It was amazing,” he said.
The storm seems to have largely spared crop fields in the Baker Valley north of town.
Mark Ward, whose family raises several crops in the valley, said he didn’t see any evidence of hail damage.
Janice Cowan, horticulture agent at the Baker County Extension Office, said today that she had no magical answer for repairing the damage that was done by the harsh storm.
“My vegetables were just stripped,” she said this morning.
Cowan also lives in south Baker City.
Cowan has already purchased more pepper plants and she will add more tomatoes to her damaged crop, which she hopes has some chance of survival. And she’ll be replanting all of her onions and replacing the basil plants.
Cowan said she planted her garden on Memorial Day weekend — right on schedule. But many of the seedlings were too small to mount much of a defense against the onslaught of Friday’s pelting hailstones.
Her beloved hostas, broad leaved perennial ground cover plants, were pummeled, but she hopes the new buds that are coming on will help revive their beauty throughout the summer.
“It looks like the beetles have gone through them, but I know it was the hail,” she said.
Cowan plans to prune the damaged leaves to improve the plants’ appearance.
She said her blooming iris flowers were destroyed, but she’s hoping those perennials also will make a comeback.
“We should get a new crop of iris,” she said.
See more in the June 12, 2017, issue of the Baker City Herald.