Storm strikes again

Rain runoff caused some flooding following Friday night?s storm. For the second time within a week, water was crossing this stretch of Kanza Road between 190th and the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church southeast of Hillsboro. Although amounts have varied across Marion County, one Hillsboro resident reported that in the past week the area has received more than 13 inches of rain. High winds and wind-driven rain left Hillsboro and parts of Marion County with tree damage and some electrical outages late Friday night and into Saturday.

Estimates for the wind speeds varied between 50 mph to 70 mph. With Friday?s soaking, and showers extending through the weekend, the rain amount registered in Hillsboro for the first three days of August totaled 4.19 inches at the school weather station.

?I think the biggest thing we had was an awful lot of limbs down all over town,? said Larry Paine, Hillsboro city administrator. ?On the city?s side, a considerable size and number at the (Memorial) park.?

Winds estimated between 50 and 70 mph played havoc with older trees around the Hillsboro community, including this one near the corner of First and Jefferson trees. Another round of significant rain and high wind has made the past two to three weeks some of the wettest and stormiest of the year. The city also lost three large umbrellas at the Family Aquatic Center, according to Paine.

?One of them actually landed in the pool,? he said. ?The wind sheered the poles that were holding the umbrellas up near the base. That was pretty significant.

?The only time I?ve seen anything like that was the week or so after the Greensburg tornado and I went down there and saw the remains of a streetlight standard that was just twisted off, and the base was still screwed into the concrete. It was crazy.?

Paine said he didn?t think the electrical outages that occurred Friday night were city-wide.

This tree in Hillsboro?s Memorial Park lost two major limbs during Friday?s storm. Several other trees in the park lost branches as well. ?What I heard from (city crews), there were blocks of town that were without power because of limbs coming down on the primary wire (of the distribution system),? Paine said. ?There were a number of places where the secondaries from the poles to the house were damaged, and a couple where the wire actually pulled away from the house.?

City crews will be picking up tree limbs this week caused by the recent storm, Paine said. Limbs need to be curbside by Thursday, Aug. 8, to be removed by the city.

?The city provides this service for those unable to perform the task themselves,? according to a city notice. ?Able-bodied individuals are asked to take the debris to the tree dump north of town, which is now open.?

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