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Law enforcement notes damage from Tuesday’s storm

April 30th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Cody Littlewood

LOGAN—Gusts of wind reaching a recorded high of 63 miles per hour hit Cache Valley Tuesday evening according to the weather data from Logan-Cache Airport at around 11 p.m. The gusts caused damage statewide and affected most of Cache Valley. Reports of wind damage and power outages came in from all over the valley.

Chief Deputy Dave Bennett of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said his deputies had mostly responded to alarms triggered by the wind as well as a smaller grain silo that was blown into the road in Benson. Deputies helped move the silo off the road.

Corporal Shawn Bennett of the North Park Police Department said that the main damage they noticed was in Smithfield, but that they did have a few incidents within their jurisdiction.

“We had a fence behind the Qwest building at 2250 North Main that was completely laid down by the wind,” Bennett said. There were also some tree branch issues with some power lines in Hyde Park.

“There was one home that reported some damage,” Bennett said. “It didn’t cause any severe damage. We assisted Smithfield.”

Cache Valley Daily reported that at the peak of the outage there were 6,700 Rocky Mountain Power customers without electricity. The Herald Journal reported that a roof of a barn flew into a Benson resident’s house shattering a window in the house and damaging the barn heavily.


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