Grand Island residents work to recover from Storm

Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 10:44 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Lightening struck and rain prevailed on the streets of Grand Island on Wednesday. Wind gusts up to 70 mph knocked tree branches to the ground which caused about 2,200 residents to lose power.

“It probably started around 11:30 last night (Wednesday). We had about 2,200 customers out of service for about an hour and a half,” said Travis Burdett, assistant director of transmission at Grand Island Utilities.

Folks on the northwestern part of the city, were the most affected.

“We had a pretty significant problem with trees last night, primarily on the northern part of town. Northwest got hit pretty hard. It was fairly apparent that the wind was worse on the north side of town instead of the south side, because there was more tree damage,” said Burdett.

Homeowners worked to clean up the debris. Neighbors were seen picking up branches from their yards, while some hired local tree services to help. Tom’s Tree Service was busy removing trees all day, in addition to regularly scheduled trimmings.

“We actually get more calls than we can keep up with. When you get a storm like this, wind storm, it breaks just about every house and some of the trees have to be taken out, because they break up so bad,” said Garry Thompson, owner of Tom’s Tree Service.

In order to keep tree branches from falling during a storm, they must be maintained throughout the year. Thompson said homeowners should get their trees trimmed to lighten them up.

“I do suggest a lot of people to clean their trees and shape them up a little bit, because a lot of that old hanging stuff are going to break in that storm. It usually gets on the gutters or on the roofs,” said Thompson.

The tree service also suggests people to get their trees fertilized. The stronger the tree, the better it will hold during another storm.

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