Santa Rosa hit with freak hailstorm

Posted at: 07/04/2013 5:20 PM
Updated at: 07/04/2013 10:12 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It may be the 4th of July, but some people in Santa Rosa are spending the holiday shoveling what looks like snow.

Sun & Sand Restaurant is far from dry after Wednesday night’s storm. Sharla Trujillo says all that hail has caused severe water damage. “It’s supposed to be our busiest week and we’re closed,” Trujillo said.

Hours after the storm, the city was still covered in ice. Locals say golf ball hail fell from the sky.

Trujillo says every day the restaurant is closed, they’re losing money.

“You start thinking, hoping insurance is going to cover and help get you back on your feet,” said Trujillo.

Trujillo estimates they’ll be down about $2,000, and her employees aren’t getting paid.

“I was going to be working. I was here at 6 o'clock to open up,” employee Mary Lu Tapia said. And as she said that, part of the restaurant’s ceiling collapsed. Another thing the restaurant will have to add to the list of damages.

Guadalupe County has declared Santa Rosa a disaster area. County leaders hope the declaration will allow them to get help from the state to clean up some of the damage.