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Forum staff reports, Published July 14 2010

UPDATED: Most power restored to Lisbon, surrounding areas

UPDATED 12:13 p.m.

LISBON, N.D. – Crews restored power to most residents in Lisbon and surrounding areas by late this morning.

Strong winds uprooted trees and knocked down power lines overnight, making a large portion of the city’s streets impassable, Police Chief Jeanette Persons said.

Otter Tail Power Co. said crews restored power to customers in Dickey, Fingal, Grand Rapids, LaMoure, Lisbon, Litchville, Nome, Marion and Verona.

However, about 400 customers still remained without power as of 11:30 a.m. Outages began about 3 a.m. as winds blew trees and branches into power lines. Power crews rerouted power to provide electricity and plan to repair a major transmission line Thursday.

In Lisbon, storm damage was obvious.

“The streets are obstacle courses,” she said.

A propane tank caught fire, possibly from a lightning strike, forcing the evacuation of Parkside Lutheran Nursing Home, Prospect Manor and an apartment complex, Persons said. Residents were moved to Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Salvation Army was on its way to assist them.

The storm nailed the city with strong winds, hail and rain starting at about 4 a.m.

“It sounded like a freight train coming through, and I looked out my window at one point, and you couldn’t even see outside it was so white,” Persons said.

Police weren’t aware of any storm-related injuries, she said.

Near police headquarters, an uprooted tree and downed power line blocked the east Highway 27 bridge, and another uprooted tree had knocked the front porch off a house, Persons said.

Police advised residents to refrain from unnecessary travel.

“This is a mess,” she said.