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Damage Reported Across Washington County Following Severe Storms

Posted: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 6:29 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News


People clean up portions of the Whitesell roof Wednesday night after storms hit Washington. Photo by Sally Y. Hart – KCII
Alliant Energy crews work late Wednesday night to repair power lines and restore power to customers in Washington County. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Family, neighbors, and emergency crews were out late Wednesday night cleaning up debris that had been left by the severe storms.

Two tornado warnings were issued Wednesday afternoon and evening for Washington County. KCII News spoke with Ethan Hansen on Green Meadows Drive in Washington after the storms passed about his experience while he and family members were cleaning up a tree the fell and other debris, “It’s a pretty old tree, we’ve had for a while and it just kind of came down, we were actually planning on cutting it down soon but it looks like the storm took care of that for us. Sadly, there is some damage to that pole right there and the mailbox, but no one got hurt and no damage to the house, so I’d say it’s a pretty good day.”

According to the Washington County Communications Office, many trees and branches were down in the City of Washington, including large branches across Main Street and D Avenue. Power lines were knocked down, and a transformer box was smoking at West Monroe Street and S. F Avenue at 6:43 p.m. Trees fell across Highway 1 and Quince Avenue. A tree fell on a house and vehicle in the 1300 block of West Main Street in Washington causing damage to the roof and the car. A portion of the Whitesell roof was torn off.

In Brighton, a tree hit a residence in the 100 block of Farmer Street.

Extensive damage was reported at a residence on Spruce Avenue north of Ainsworth, with outbuildings damaged, metal debris in fields and on the road, and cattle out, but nobody was injured. At 2855 180th Street, north of Ainsworth, a windmill and power line were down in the roadway, which Riverside Fire Department removed.

Alliant Energy crews worked late to address the downed lines. Wind gusts reached 67 miles per hour in Washington.