Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The sirens sounded and the torrential rain and hail followed pretty quickly. The storm that ripped through Cheyenne on Sunday left a wide path of damage, especially between Warren Avenue and Converse.
According to the National Weather Service, there was a tornado that touched down east of town, near the Archer's exit, along with two reports of funnel clouds in Cheyenne. The NWS also reported that Cheyenne received 1.32" of rain in about an hour, which only helped the flooding process.
Cheyenne also received an enormous amount of hail, with some drifts around town being upwards of 2 to 3 feet. The hail quickly caused tree damage, aided by strong wind gusts up to 60 MPH. The hail also knocked down lots of leaves and branches, which quickly clogged drainage systems around town.
One of those places was 23rd and Bradley, an intersection that is at the bottom of a natural flood plain in town, and it had some serious flooding damage, especially in Penny Plumley's apartment.
Plumley had to be evacuated out of her basement apartment because there was upwards of four feet of water in the basement. She said that water and hail filled her apartment in a matter of minutes and she had to call 911 to evacuate her from the house and take her to the hospital.
Plumely didn't receive any physical injuries, but everything in her apartment is completely destroyed, and to make matter's worse, she only had renter's insurance, which does not cover flood damage.
Plumley, and the property owner David Landstrom said that they would like the city to take a look at that drainage system at that intersection, as it has flooded in the past.
A fund is in the process of being set up for Penny, to help her recover from this tragedy. When we have more details on this, we will pass that information along to you if you wish to donate.