PORTAGE — Mandi Bogue and her three young children locked themselves in a basement bathroom as Sunday evening’s storm lifted the north and south walls of their house, southeast of Portage.

“We were singing and telling stories” to try to drown out the noise and distract themselves, she said of herself and her children, ages 7, 6 and 2½.

Meanwhile, her husband, Portage firefighter Chad Bogue, was working at his second job in Portage Hospital’s emergency room, which closed Sunday night because roof damage led to water entering the emergency department, Joe Calhoun, the city’s emergency management director, said. The ER reopened by Monday morning.

The majority of the damage within the city followed the U.S. 6 corridor, with hail damage especially significant just to the south and affecting the west side of many buildings.

“It looks like a war zone,” Calhoun said.

By early Monday afternoon, an insurance adjuster was walking through the Bogues’ home on County Road 700N, and they already had picked up most of the framed baby photos that had been swept off the living room wall and blown outside.

The wall was still standing but was cracked — having been lifted at the roof line and separated from the foundation, with grass visible in the gap between the wall and the hardwood floor — although a glass case of collectibles against the wall and a crucifix hanging above it appeared untouched.

The garage was more damaged, with the wind tearing it open at the southeast corner and destroying the doors on the west.

The front door had been pushed in and off its frame, breaking its glass against the banister to the basement stairs — not long after the family took shelter. It was remounted immediately after the storm passed.

Despite the extensive damage to their house, the Bogues were upbeat. No one was hurt. Friends and family kept stopping by to check on the family and other, including Portage’s mayor, called.

And while they had not yet determined where they would stay while their home is uninhabitable, “we’ve got a lot of family, a lot of friends,” Mandi Bogue said. “We’re very blessed.”

Mark Bryk, of the 5900 block of Sunrise Avenue, was similarly and possibly unexpectedly content despite the circumstances.

“Anything you can walk away from ...” he said, smiling, while sitting on his front deck and smoking a cigar.

Bryk wanted to get started on removing the downed tree in his front yard, but it was tangled in power lines, so he was waiting for NIPSCO to come say it was safe.

Many of his neighbors also were outside, piling tree limbs by the curbs, sweeping debris, discussing the storm or simply trying to find a cool breeze because their power and air conditioning remained out as it did for hundreds in the area on an unseasonably hot and humid day.

Hail drilled holes in the siding of every house in Anthony K. Thigpen’s subdivision, located on the south edge of Portage, and the veteran compared it to what he had seen in Iraq.

“It really looks like someone shot it up,” Thigpen, of County Road 700N, said.

One neighbor’s garage was swept off its foundation, leaving the house leaning.

Calhoun said there’s no overall estimate yet for damages, but as NIPSCO worked Monday evening to restore power to nearly 1,000 customers still without it, city workers were focused on clearing farm and tree debris from ditches and creeks to prevent a return of flooding.

“If it rains more, we could have issues,” he said.