By Elizabeth Sias
Hundreds of trees down in Isanti area
following the wrath of Tuesday’s storm
Dozens of trees and power lines scattered the streets and yards of Isanti following a Tuesday morning storm that blew through the north metro, leaving thousands without power.
Crews were out by mid-morning in Isanti, working quickly to remove trees, clean up debris and restore power following the strong storm that swept through the city.
Several dozen trees fell during the storm, Isanti Mayor George Wimmer said, while others shifted but did not completely fall.
Trees fell on at least six houses, and several roadways, including Main Street, were blocked from fallen trees. The roof ripped off of the shed at the public works area, trees were down at the police station and the force of the wind dented several garage doors around the city.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as the earlier storm that came through, but it seems like more structures were hit by trees this time,” Wimmer said.
Most residents of the city experienced a power outage, but almost everything was restored within an hour. The city’s compost site will be open for area residents to bring branches.
By Tuesday afternoon, the streets of Isanti were clearer and the weather calm. The estimated cost of cleanup is unknown at this point, but Wimmer doesn’t foresee needing to contact FEMA for financial assistance.
“Most of the damage we’ve gotten out and taken care of at this point,” Wimmer said. “We’ve already been out clearing the roads immediately and most of the big trees have been moved out of the way.”
Throughout the north metro, more than 7,000 Connexus Energy customers experienced an outage as strong rain and winds blew through the area.
Strong winds resulted in a significant number of broken power poles and down trees. Connexus crews, as well as numerous crews from other utilities, will be working around the clock to restore power.
The majority of customers had power restored by Tuesday afternoon, but approximately 600 residents in the heaviest hit areas of northern Anoka County and southern Isanti County may not have power restored until Thursday.
Connexus Energy provides electricity to over 125,000 homes and businesses in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne and Washington counties. Additional information about Connexus Energy and the outage is available online at connexusenergy.com.