River Falls residents got an unexpected surprise on Sept. 20 when a thunderstorm producing large hail rolled through town. Reports of damage included houses, vehicles and windows.

Residents reported the hail being the average size being a golf ball in some parts of the city. 

The worst of the damage came from residents living near the high school and university. Hail the size of baseballs were reported in those areas.

Police Chief Gordan Young said the city suffered minor damage including rooftops of administrative buildings.

“Overall the damage was not bad. The damage we do have is minor,” Young said.

He said two patrol cars suffered minor damage including denting. No windows on city vehicles were reported.

“It was nothing serious. Most of the damage was cosmetic,” he said.

Young said the university was the hardest hit. 

Nearly 80 vehicles sustained damage, including student, employee and state vehicles. 

One of the dormitories, Grimm Hall, sustained minor damage. The university greenhouse also sustained damage. 

River Falls was hit the hardest in the area. The city of Hudson suffered no damage according to a statement from their police department.

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