Monday Storm Delivers Hail, Takes Down Trees, Causes Power Outages
By Jake Mardin
Heavy storms rolled through the area on Monday afternoon, taking several trees down and dropping large sized hail to some areas, with a tornado warning taking effect at one point.
Pittsburg was hit especially hard, with reports of trees and wires down in several locations. Road agent Vinny Scarnici said the heaviest damage occurred along River Road, where hundreds of trees were down from the bridge to Lake Francis. Hill Road was also closed for most of Monday due to a large tree blocking the way, and Spooner Road and Indian Stream Road also had trees and lines down.
Route 3 was blocked for a time with a tree across the road, and Mr. Scarnici said there was “a lot of devastation” in the area by Camp Driftwood. Aspen Drive remained blocked on Tuesday morning due to trees being down, and the Pittsburg Fire Department was called out to a tree on the line with a fire at Amey Drive.
“To the best of my knowledge I don’t know of any property damage or personal injury due to the storm,” Mr. Scarnici said. He also said there was a small washout on Back Lake Road by the transfer station. The highway department was out on Monday and Tuesday, clearing debris and hauling it to the town pit.
The Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department was also kept busy with several incidents. The department had trucks out in Norton for trees and wires down, with one tree hitting the Norton Restaurant and a pickup. No injuries were reported. There were also several trees and wires down in the Wallace Pond area.
Chief Steve Young said that wires were marked, and trucks and other vehicles were able to pass. He said many trees were uprooted and it looked like the storm came across the pond, but it didn’t appear that any homes or camps were hit. Trees and wires also blocked Kemp Hill for a period of time. The department also responded for reports of trees and wires down on Route 141 in St. Herménégilde, Québec.
The Colebrook Fire Department was called out to a wire down and smoking on Fish Pond Road in Columbia, with reports of trees down as well. The department responded at 2:30 p.m. and it wasn’t until after 8 p.m. that all personnel were back in quarters. Utility crews were on scene to clean up.
Trees on a wire and on fire were also reported on Route 16, about six miles west of Errol village, and there was a three-quarter-mile stretch of trees down near Log Haven in Millsfield. A tornado warning was issued at around 1:30 p.m. with a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado located over Dixville.
Spokesman Martin Murray said Eversource began to receive reports of weather-related outages at about 12:40 p.m. on Monday, and in the North Country the most significant outage affected all customers in Pittsburg, as well as hundreds of customers in surrounding towns. The outage was caused by trees and tree limbs falling and damaging wires and poles, and damaged poles were reported on Wiswell Road and West Road in Clarksville.
Trees on wires on Route 26 in Colebrook also caused damage and an outage at about 1:30 p.m. Customers were restored in stages as Eversource crews from Lancaster repaired damage to the system, with most customers back in service by 7 p.m.