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Feet of hail, debris form mounds on farms near Lake City

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Hail from Wednesday night's storm is still hanging around near Lake City, where literal piles fell from the sky, breaking down fences and bringing out the Minnesota Department of Transportation's plows.

So much hail fell that there were still large patches of hail lingering 20 hours after the storm had passed.

The sheer volume of ice made area roads impassable until the plows came through, and it also caused plenty of damage to several nearby farms.

"I didn't expect to see this much debris," admitted Jennifer Juers, whose family farm was damaged.

Juers was left with a massive mess after several inches of rain and hail ruined pasture fences and turned the pasture into mud.

"We won't probably clean it up today -- but we'll put the fence up so the cows can get under the road and come back to the pasture," she said.

That's right -- the storm trapped the cows across the street. They may have to wait until all the hail melts before they can get back home.

What may look to most people like run-off from the rain that came through is actually made of corn stalks and pieces of fences, but the base is made of hail and more hail. It may take days to fully melt.

Steve Bremer also found himself awash in Mother Nature's wrath.

"When the hail was coming down, it was just beating the house," he recalled. 'I thought, 'It's going to break all the windows in the house."

Luckily, they didn't break -- but his entire yard looked as though the storm had dropped several inches of snow. His fences shared the same fate as his neighbors' and were torn down by the rushing water.

"Sounded just like a giant waterfall," Bremer remembered.

Bremer said he plans to let his fields dry out before checking to see if he will need to replant the corn he just recently got into the ground.

All the farmers who spoke with FOX 9 News say getting everything fixed and cleaned up could take a few weeks.

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