Posted at: 08/22/2013 6:57 PM
By: Jenna Lohse
Eyota Hit Hard by Brief Storm
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour brought down trees and power lines. Just outside of Rochester, some Eyota homes were hit hard.
Just two streets on the north end of town got hit pretty hard by straight lines winds early this morning and the city and several neighbors have been out cleaning up debris all day.
The storm came fast, but left behind hours of clean up.
"It was really loud strong winds and I was like is that a tornado," said Tera Dabelstein of Eyota."It's overwhelming right now on what needs to be done.”
Large trees took down power lines and toppled over houses. For Tera Dabelstein, the mess adds one more stress to a day she and her family have been looking forward to.
"We actually just sold our house and we're supposed to close on it today, so it will be interesting to see what happens with that," said Dabelstein.
While Tera is lucky her house is still in-tact, the same can't be said for her neighbors the next street over.
"We have never had nothing like this before," said Bryan Backus of Eyota.
The city of Eyota and several neighbors worked all day to clean up the debris. A handful of roofs and windows have more severe damage.
"This is very rare due to the fact that is was confined to such a small space," said Tony Nelson, Eyota Emergency Manager.
Eyota Emergency Manager Tony Nelson says while there's no signs of a tornado hitting the ground, the pattern of the tree damage is unusual for simply high winds.
"A block away there was one tree down it came hit about five houses, jumped over a block and then headed out of town. If you go one block to the east of where we are standing there's absolutely no damage at all," said Nelson.
While the repairs will take some time, homeowners like Tera Dabelstein are looking at the silver lining.
"I’m just so thankful that nobody was hurt and it’s just trees and a fence and it's all repairable," said Dabelstein.
The emergency manager for the city tells me it's just too early to tell how much this storm damage will cost.