Brainerd still is being cleaned up after straight-line winds ripped through the town Thursday morning.
Several buildings were damaged in the storm. The Crow Wing County investigator's building lost part of its roof, but fortunately employees caught it in time to minimize the damage. An investigator, who asked not to be named, said wind got under the flat tar coating and pealed it off of the cement roof.
Water did leak in, but because people were working in the building at the time of the storm, they were able to put tarps on the roof and cover things inside with plastic, the investigator said.
The Casey's General Store on Washington Street and two apartment buildings on College Drive also had their roofs damaged by wind.
Don Adamson Field was damaged in the storm. Earl Wolleat, director of buildings and grounds for the Brainerd School District, said a fence was blown down, cables for the scoreboard were lost and a roof on one of the dugouts was blown away. Wolleat did not know the estimated cost of the damage.
The most notable damage was to the city's trees. City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said the heaviest tree damage occurred on the north and northeast side of Brainerd. Twelve trees were downed and blocking roads after the storm and many tree branches littered the streets, Hulsether said. City crews were still cleaning up fallen trees and branches today.
In front of the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum a large elm tree, probably at the site since the museum was the Crow Wing County Jail, was heavily damaged and had to be removed. Down the block on Laurel, another large tree flattened a resident's fence.
Winds at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport reached speeds of 60 mph, and Dave Schuldheisz, Crow Wing County emergency management director, said wind speeds at the Crow Wing County Courthouse were measured at 100 mph.
Crow Wing County was under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time, and because the winds were straight line, not rotational, sirens were not sounded.
Despite the damage, Brainerd Mayor James Wallin said the city was lucky, considering the wind speed.
"There was some damage, but nothing catastrophic," Wallin said. "We're fortunate. The overall damage could've been a lot worse."
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