Clean Up Continues After July 5 Storm in Maple Grove
Jul 06, 2016 03:39PM
● By Wendy Erlien
Maple Grove Public Works crews clean up debris following the July 5, 2016 storm in Maple Grove. (photo by Wendy Erlien)
Updated July 9, 2016
As severe weather moved in the Maple Grove area during the late afternoon/early evening on Tuesday, July 5, several of the city of Maple Grove departments responded to reports throughout the city of storm-related incidents.
“The Maple Grove Fire Department, Public Works and Police Department worked in unified command to deal with a storm that caused a fairly wide brush stroke of property damage across the city,” Maple Grove Police Captain Adam Lindquist said.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hennepin County, including the Maple Grove area, shortly after 5 p.m. July 5. The Tuesday thunderstorm brought with it reports of heavy rain, hail, and a wind gust of up to 64 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities.
“Early in the storm, we set up an operations center at the Central Fire Station,” Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson said. “From this location, we coordinated police and fire response to calls, and were in communication with our public works staff.”
The Maple Grove Fire Department was first dispatched to a weather related incident at 5:38 p.m. July 5 for a wire arcing at 104th and Brockton Lane, according to Anderson. All available firefighters were eventually called in and responded to trees down on houses, blocking streets and wires down.
“Then we sent out teams of firefighters and police officers and they drove every street to catalog damage so that public works crews could respond with loaders and chain saws and open up all the streets for traffic," Anderson said.
“We are very fortunate that there was no loss of life or no injuries,” Lindquist said.
Multiple homes had “pretty significant damages” from fallen trees, according to Anderson. There were no reports of fires or lightning strikes during the storm.
While Osseo School District buildings were spared during the storm, several trees were uprooted at Basswood, Weaver Lake, and Rush Creek Elementary as well as Arbor View Early Childhood Center.The district is exploring whether it might be possible to replant the uprooted trees.
“We’re not sure we’ll be able to save all the trees but will
certainly do what we can,” ISD 279 School/Community Relations Director Barbara Olson
said. “Our staff was on top of assessing facilities this morning [July 6] and
feels like we were pretty lucky to only have a few trees impacted.”
Throughout the day on July 6, crews from Maple Grove Public Works continued clean-up efforts throughout the city.
As of July 9, the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation shared that several trails throughout the city would remain closed during the weekend to continue to clean up downed trees. The trails included: Grove West Park Trail, Karin Glenn Trail, Basswood Park Trail, Shadow Creek Trail, Fish Lake Wood Park Trail, and Elm Creek Forest Trail.
“In wake of the storm on July 5, 2016, please be assured that the Street Department is currently picking up boulevard tree branches and debris, as well as working with the proper authorities for street light and traffic signal repair. For the sake of safety and mobility, the city is focusing its efforts on the removal of damaged trees on boulevards and right of ways,” the city of Maple Grove posted on Facebook. “We will assess private properties at a later date.”
As a reminder to residents, the city urged residents to remember “city ordinance Section 28-31 states that no person shall encumber or obstruct any street, ditch, or gutter, or other public place with wood, trees, branches, dirt, etc.” Residents with questions or concerns about trees in their neighborhood can call Maple Grove Public Works at 763-494-6370.
As residents continue to clean up debris, the Maple Grove Yard Waste site is open for Maple Grove and other area residents.
Due to construction, the entrance to the Maple Grove Yard Waste site, which is located at 10300 Maple Grove Parkway North, can be accessed using County Road 81 to access Maple Grove Parkway.
What to Know – Maple Grove Yard Waste Site
- The Maple Grove Yard waste Site is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 30, 2016.
- Residents of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Dayton, Champlin, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Crystal, and Rogers (with permit) can dispose of their yard waste for free (some fees many apply for larger items) when presenting a photo identification.
- Brush, logs, and leaves accepted. Items more than 10 inches in diameter will be charged a fee. Stumps are not accepted.
For more information about the Maple Grove Yard Waste Site, visit: http://www.mgyardwaste.com/