3-Year Tornado Anniversary - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

3-Year Tornado Anniversary

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

It's been three years since a tornado crushed MetraPark and portions of the Rimrock Auto Arena.

The tornado tore the roof off of MetraPark, causing extensive damage to the arena. Now the complex is completely rebuilt, and according to MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher, staff are fully prepared in the event another tornado touches down.

"Everybody's heads in the game and there's a lot more chance I think now for staffs to work with their patrons for safety. And everybody's a lot more versed to take care of those issues as they arrive," says Dutcher.

Dutcher says the exhibit hall on the lower level of MetraPark by the southwest doors survived the first tornado, and that's the arena's new tornado shelter.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Sage Hills Fire in Lockwood continues to grow

    Sage Hills Fire in Lockwood continues to grow

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-07-21 14:51:53 GMT
    PHOTO COURTESY: Susan Allen LassichPHOTO COURTESY: Susan Allen Lassich

    Pre-evacuations are issued Thursday for residents in Lockwood following the spread of the Sage Hills Fire. The fire started around 4:45 Thursday afternoon on Hwy-7 and quickly spread northeast.  According to Yellowstone County Emergency Services Director, Brad Shoemaker, the fire has now reached 1,150 acres and is continuing to grow in size. Crews worked Thursday night into Friday morning and have gained ground. Pre-evacuations are still in effect for Huntington Hills, which i...

    Pre-evacuations are issued Thursday for residents in Lockwood following the spread of the Sage Hills Fire. The fire started around 4:45 Thursday afternoon on Hwy-7 and quickly spread northeast.  According to Yellowstone County Emergency Services Director, Brad Shoemaker, the fire has now reached 1,150 acres and is continuing to grow in size. Crews worked Thursday night into Friday morning and have gained ground. Pre-evacuations are still in effect for Huntington Hills, which i...

  • Miracle moment firefighters revive dog after pulling him from burning home

    Miracle moment firefighters revive dog after pulling him from burning home

    Friday, July 21 2017 1:55 AM EDT2017-07-21 05:55:28 GMT

    A good deed from last year is paying dividends, and a dog's life is saved. Girl Scouts donated pet oxygen masks to the Bakersfield Fire Department in California last year. 

    A good deed from last year is paying dividends, and a dog's life is saved. Girl Scouts donated pet oxygen masks to the Bakersfield Fire Department in California last year. 

  • Rain helps slow growth of June Fire in Shoshone National Forest

    Rain helps slow growth of June Fire in Shoshone National Forest

    Friday, July 21 2017 1:31 AM EDT2017-07-21 05:31:04 GMT

    Rain helped slow the growth of a wild fire near Yellowstone Thursday. The June fire grew from five to 1900 acres Wednesday. A Shoshone National Forest spokeswoman says investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that started about fifteen miles outside Yellowstone’s East Entrance Tuesday evening. Smoke was visible Wednesday in Cody, nearly forty miles away the next day.

    Rain helped slow the growth of a wild fire near Yellowstone Thursday. The June fire grew from five to 1900 acres Wednesday. A Shoshone National Forest spokeswoman says investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that started about fifteen miles outside Yellowstone’s East Entrance Tuesday evening. Smoke was visible Wednesday in Cody, nearly forty miles away the next day.