Friday, June 22, 2012
Residents and city staff continue to assess Tuesday's damage and plan for removal of tree debris.
It's been a busy week for Public Works Supervisor Tom Olund and his crews. Tuesday's early morning storms caused concentrated damage to trees and property in the northeast corner of the city. Now, residents and staff are dealing with what to do with all the fallen trees and branches. Olund said so many established trees were uprooted because of the extremely rain-saturated soil. Tree waste is being collected at Mendakota Park, and crews are surveying how big of a job they have in front of them. They will begin again to go through the city next Tuesday to remove tree debris brought to the curb. Olund said that residents are not to bring tree material to the curb that was not damaged in the storm. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Xcel reports that all customers in the Mendota Heights area have power restored.
Updated Wednesday, 12 midnight: Xcel projected they would have nearly all power restored to customers by 11 p.m. Wednesday night, and it looks like they met their goal. The outage map late Wednesday reports no customers waiting for power to be restored in the Mendota Heights area. Updated Wednesday, 12:45 p.m.: Xcel reports 2,700 customers remain without power on Wednesday afternoon. That's down from a high of 104,000 estimated customers mid-day Tuesday. The utility continues to report that most customers will have power back by 11 p.m. tonight. Xcel has brought in crews from surrounding states to double its force in the wake of Tuesday morning's storms, according to KSTP. Updated Wednesday, 11 a.m.: The lights went out for many in …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Expect rain, but not damaging winds in the early morning hours.
The storms that rolled in Tuesday morning left Mendota Heights residents with a mess of power outages, downed trees and hot weather. Storms are again predicted to arrive in northern Dakota County after 1 a.m. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. However, while showers and thunderstorms are predicted to bring heavy rain, winds are predicted in the 13-15 mph range. The National Weather Service has reported Tuesday morning's damage was caused by 80 mph straight-line winds, according to City Engineer John Mazzitello. More storms could affect the speed at which utility and clean-up crews can restore power and clear debris. As of Tuesday evening, power is expected to be restored in most of the city by 11 p.m. Wednesday. Those without power should…
The city will start collecting tree and brush debris brought to the curb next Tuesday.
Updated 3:05 p.m. Wednesday: Mendota Heights has devised a brush removal program to help residents clean up. Any tree branches or brush damaged by the storm may be brought to the curb prior to next Tuesday, June 26, and will be removed by the city. Tree debris can also be brought to Mendakota Park. The removal will then begin on June 26, and could last as long as 10-14 days, according to Mazzitello. A storm and clean-up hotline has been established: 651-255-1361 The city will most likely start removal in the hardest-hit neighborhoods. The debris will go into a wood chipper, so do not dispose of non-vegetative materials, such as siding or shingles. If city crews see items like grass clippings or that broken lawn chair from the garage in …
Share photos of the damage in your neighborhood.
Residents in the Mendota Heights area are busy dealing with the aftermath of heavy storms that moved through the metro Tuesday morning. Mendota Heights Patch uploaded a handful of photos from around town Tuesday. Have your own photos to share? You can upload them to this gallery by clicking on the green "Upload Photos and Video" button. Update: The city will pick-up storm debris through next Tuesday In the meantime BE CAREFUL. Downed power lines, out traffic lights and debris are making the streets more difficult to navigate. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Early morning storms knocked out the power in much of northern Dakota County.
Early morning storms in the metro area hit northern Dakota County particularly hard. Power outages have been reported at a variety of locales around town including St. Thomas Academy, where basketball camp has been canceled and buildings are closed for the day; The Village, where power was restored around 11 a.m.; and several clusters around town including one in the Delaware Avenue and Highway 110 area. West St. Paul and just south of the High Bridge are showing the deepest concentration of outages. Xcel Energy has posted this updated message on their outage map: Severe thunderstorms that moved through the Minneapolis metro area early this morning caused significant damage to our electric system. Throughout the event, about 80,000 …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sites across the Twin Cities west metro told stories of their communities' experiences.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jon Collins
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Throughout Sunday's storm and its aftermath, Patch sites in local communities covered everything—through text, video and photo galleries—from the original tornado warnings to efforts to volunteer efforts to help those hardest hit. In St. Louis Park, where the tornado first touched down, Patch wrote about initial damage caused by the storm, as well as a gas leak at a manufacturing plant. The next day, residents told their stories of survival as electricity was restored. In Golden Valley, people told of hiding in basements as roofs flew by their windows. The next day, still dealing with some electricity outages, Patch showed the extensive damage to Theodore Wirth Park and neighboring homes. Fridley suffered tremendous damage on the …