Wind and rain have caused a variety of issues in downtown Mora this evening. As of about 7pm, power was out along a significant portion of Highway 23/65, numerous trees and branches were down, and streets and sidewalks were covered with water in many places.
A portion of the town south of Forest Avenue and east of Union Street was closed, with emergency personnel and vehicles blocking entry to the area. Many large trees had fallen in the approximately 8 square blocks which were closed – including one which destroyed this classic Chevy van that had been parked curbside.
The Kanabec County Times relayed this message via Facebook:
Major storm damage in Mora. Power lines and trees down. Sheriff Steve Schulz has asked residents to stay away from the barricaded areas for their safety and so emergency workers can function. “We just need a little cooperation right now,” he said. More Details to follow.
Further information will likely be available soon at their Facebook page.
UPDATE #1: Thanks to the efforts of those on the scene, things are quickly returning to normal. Power was restored to businesses along the highway around 9:30p. No more trees in the streets that we can see. Only section of street we saw closed was directly behind St. Mary’s, due to a downed power line (repair trucks were heading that way around 10p).
UPDATE #2: The Kanabec County Times has released their pictures from the evening. Find them here. (Be aware, linked site offers pictures for sale – but viewers are not obligated to buy).
UPDATE #3: More info can be found in our follow-up article.