June 05, 2019 12:28 PM
Severe storms moved through Lakeville on Tuesday evening, keeping first responders busy. Lightning caused three house fires and at least four vehicles were stranded on flooded roads.
The chaos started at about 4:45 p.m. when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of the south metro, including areas like Burnsville, Apple Valley and Prior Lake. The warning expired just before 5:15 p.m.
As the three house fires broke out, the fire department called in backup from Burnsville, Apple Valley and Farmington Fire Departments.
A family of five evacuated their home on Jacaranda Way, off Jaguar Ave. It suffered the most severe damage of the three houses. A GoFundMe has been set up by family.
“Their garage took a significant hit as far as the fire goes,” said Chief Mike Meyer. “The second floor of the house, where it traveled up the side of the house and into the attic space, one of the bedrooms is a total loss.”
He said the parents and three kids will have to find another place to stay.
“The house is not inhabitable at this point,” said Meyer.
The Lakeville Police Department focused on rescuing vehicles from flood waters.
They closed off 192nd Street to traffic for about half an hour, until water receded. A car was submerged in the flood waters.
“I saw about this much of the car, about the roof,” said Justin Sigerud, with Marek’s Towing. “I was like how in the heck did he make it that far.”
Spectators gathered to watch the effort to pull the car out.
“I’ve never seen this area flood, we've been here about 10 years,” said John Amdahl.
He said his family was at a nearby school when the storm hit.
“We just had large, golf ball-sized hail on occasion,” he said. “We tried to ride it out until the tornado sirens came and then we all booked it for home.”
A block over on Dodd Boulevard, at least three vehicles got stuck.
“I just hope everyone is okay,” said Amdahl.
Lakeville police said Tuesday night there were no storm related injuries.
Updated: June 05, 2019 12:28 PM
Created: June 04, 2019 09:52 PM
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