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Wicked winds uprooted trees in the south end of Brandon, leaving residents with property damage and cleanup to do on Sunday.
The severe thunderstorm on Saturday night left many homes between Park Avenue and Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School without power for several hours.
"We have been without power since 10 p.m. last night," Susan Spring said just after 12 p.m. on Sunday. "I never would have believed that these big healthy trees could be ripped out of the ground like this."
The south end of Brandon appeared to be hit harder than other areas of the city.
Environment Canada reported more than 30 mm falling in some areas of the city in just 15 minutes and wind speeds up to 80 km/h.
Spring, who lives on Aberdeen Avenue, spent most of Sunday cleaning up several trees in the her backyard with the help of neighbours.
Fortunately, the trees missed her house and garage. Damage was limited to the trees themselves and a small retaining wall.
"We are very lucky that we will only have a minor insurance claim," Spring said. "Our neighbour in the back, a huge tree felt right onto his shed and is resting on his house now."
The damage to trees was caused by a "straight line wind," according to Environment Canada. It can be identified if all the trees have fallen in the same direction and should not be confused with tornado activity causing circular damage.
This type of wind activity is typical during severe thunderstorms in Manitoba during the summer.
Most uprooted trees fell west because of the straight line wind. Trees in the front yards of homes on streets between Fifth and Eighth fell blocking the road until they could be cleared on Sunday morning.
"A lot of trees have fallen on cable lines into peoples homes," said Penny Pierce, who lives on Seventh Street. "I know that some have completely ripped them off the buildings."
Manitoba Hydro and MTS crews were seen in the area Sunday afternoon.
The City of Brandon said arborists were visiting homes in the area to check out the damage. It could take time for them to deal with the problem trees throughout the neighbourhood.
"It is great that everybody is helping out and working together," Spring said. "People helping people and making it a really great neighbourhood to be apart of."
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