Severe Weather Brings Down Trees, Power Lines in Cannon Falls

September 21, 2018 03:23 PM

Survey crews from the National Weather Service are expected to be in Cannon Falls Friday taking a look at storm damage.

Strong winds hit the area Thursday evening. Patrick Fleming witnessed some of the destruction.


"I think it's kind of lousy,” said Fleming. “I'm kind of spoiled. I wanted to go golf."

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But Mother Nature had different plans for Fleming and many of his Cannon Falls neighbors.

They were busy cleaning up after the strong thunderstorm.

“We're going to have trouble here three or four days the way this is now," said Fleming.

Fleming was inside his home, about to hunker down from the storm, when something outside caught his eye.

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“You could see the spinning, the rotation, movement and these trees looked like they were spinning,” said Fleming.

He saw a large tree fall onto power lines near Third Street South and Colvill Street West, pulling electrical lines from his home.

“Mother Nature, what are you going to do with that,” said Fleming.

Across town, strong winds knocked trees onto homes, roads and businesses. Power poles lay on the ground. Strong winds resulted in power outages across the area.

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Thomas Bilderback said his normal routes around town are now cut off.

“It was like a maze,” said Bilderback.

He has called the area home since 1974. He has seen strong storms come and go.  

“This is the worst I've seen in my life in this town,” said Bilderback.

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Many neighbors are doing their best to quickly get things back to normal.

One man used a rope and chains, anchored to a tree, to stop another tree from falling onto his homes. And as cleanup continues across the region, Fleming can only smile. He is glad police said no one was hurt, recalling his motto, as he looks on at storm damage.

“Don't take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive,” said Fleming.

The mayor of Cannon Falls is working to get fallen trees and power lines cleaned up.

Plus, he is working to restore power to the southern part of the city.


Jonathan Rozelle

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