Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Officials are still assessing the damage from Saturday, when a rare November storm spawned two tornadoes that ripped through the city's central corridor.
This weekend, Burnsville resident Karen Everts came home to an astonishing sight: A giant basswood tree, upended at the roots and lying on a a better portion of her well-kept suburban ranch house. Not the best welcome after arriving home from a getaway in Branson. "We were prepared, but not to have it this bad," Everts said on Monday, noting that the kitchen was in good shape so the family's Thanksgiving could go forward as planned. "We're just lucky that no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse." The tree crashed into the house on 136th Street during Saturday's November squall, which culminated in two brief but forceful tornadoes. The twin funnel clouds cut a path through a narrow corridor stretching northeast from corner of I-…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The tornadoes touched down briefly in Burnsville and Eagan on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us A rare November thunderstorm on Saturday night spawned two weak tornadoes, which touched briefly down in Burnsville and Eagan, according to a National Weather Service storm report. The first tornado spun up northeast of the intersection of County Road 5 and McAndrews Road in Burnsville around 10:58 p.m., according to weather service officials. The tornado, an "EF0" on the Fujita scale, had maximum wind speeds of 80 mph. As the storm cell tracked northeast, the tornado blew down numerous trees and power lines and bent a stop sign all the way to the ground, the weather service said. It dissipated just southwest of the intersection of Burnsville Parkway…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Preliminary assessments indicated more than $108 million worth of damage from June's storms.
Dakota County is one of 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations declared eligible for disaster relief funding after last month's severe storms and flooding. Preliminary assessments indicated more than $108 million worth of damage, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines, the federal government will fund 75 percent of the approved cost; the remaining 25 percent is a state/local match. Those counties scheduled to receive funding include: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley and St. Louis. Tribal nations deemed eligible for federal funding include: Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs Band of …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The county could get money to recover from a severe storm that ripped through on June 19, damaging roads, uprooting trees and inundating the Miesville Ravine Park Reserve.
Dakota County is in the running for $1.4 million in federal disaster relief to help defray the cost of cleanup after a severe thunderstorm rolled through the south metro last week. At the outset, it was believed that the county's damages exceeded $2 million, according to a report from the Star Tribune. The storm prompted a deluge at Trout Brook and the Cannon River, washing way large portions of the boardwalk and three miles of trails at the Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. Elsewhere, flood waters swept away roadways, while high winds took down trees and powerlines leaving 100,000 without power. Statewide, it is believed that damages total almost $109 million, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. However, the dollar figure for damage in …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
More severe weather is coming on the heels of a violent thunderstorm that tore through Burnsville and neighboring Dakota County towns, felling 75 tees within city limits and leaving thousands without power.
For the second time in a month, workers from the City of Burnsville are working to clear debris from a strong storm that ripped into the Twin Cities region—and it appears that more severe weather is just around the corner. According to preliminary reports from the city, at least 75 trees were down in Burnsville, blocking streets and tearing through powerlines. As of 11 a.m. significant portions of the city were still without power, including the municipal waste treatment plant, which was functioning on power from backup generators. This is the latest in a series of severe thunderstorms that have swept over the region. The last major storm, around May 19, caused similar damages. In view of the cirumstances, the city will once again offer …
Monday, May 21, 2012
A number of residents lost trees in Saturday evening storm.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Editor’s Note: This is a press release from the City of Burnsville. The City of Burnsville will be providing a site for disposal of homeowners’ trees that were impacted by the May 19 storm. Beginning May 21, residents may drop-off storm debris at the city's compost site, which is directly behind Dodge of Burnsville on Pleasant Avenue. Residents should not put the material in plastic bags to dispose of it at the compost site. If tree debris has been placed in plastic bags for hauling purposes, residents are asked to open bags and empty them at the compost site. The plastic bags can then be reused or disposed of properly by residents. Hours of operation for the compost site will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week through Sunday, June 3…
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 …