Mendota residents pick up downed trees
Ryan Young was at work when the storm blew through Mendota on Monday night, so he had a chance to survey the damage on his drive home.
“I’d say we were probably a little bit luckier than some,” Young said. “There’s one (house) across town that have a pretty big tree down split right in half.”
Young had a large branch snap off a big tree in the front of his house
“It took down a pretty good size tree,” Young said. “It just missed our porch we had put in a couple years ago. It damaged the concrete, but it is what it is.”
Young, who has lived in the home for seven years, borrowed a chainsaw to cut up the branch and planned on hauling it to a friend’s burn pit outside of town in a pickup truck with a trailer.
“I started around 12:30 and it’s 3 p.m. now,” Young said. “I spent a couple hours cutting it up and I still have to haul everything away.”
There were small piles of sticks and brush in front of many homes throughout Mendota with a few larger trees brought down as well.
A home on the corner of Third Avenue and Seventh Street had a large tree break, falling on a power line into the home and causing roof damage.
Another home on the corner of Michigan and Burlington streets had a large tree splinter that was then surrounded with caution tape.
Joanne Snyder, who lives on Burlington, had a tree she believes to be more than 100 years old snap and fall over.
“I was out here on my front porch watching this tree because I was concerned about it,” said Snyder, a Mendota native who has lived in the home since 1969. “Then I went inside and sat down and all of a sudden I felt this real low rumble. I thought, ‘That doesn’t sound right,’ so I came out on the porch and here it was. I didn't see it come down.”
Snyder was grateful the tree didn’t fall on her house, her neighbor’s house or any cars.
“There was no damage,” Snyder said. “It couldn't have fallen in a better place. I need this (piece of the tree still standing) to fall in a good place.”
Snyder had made a few calls to businesses to come take down the remnants of the tree.
“I’m trying to get somebody to come because I’m a little concerned about this hunk standing here,” Snyder said. “It’s leaning toward the house. I really don’t want it on the house.”
Mendota updates burn pit hours
Because of Monday's storm the city's burn pit hours have changed. The burn pit is for yard waste only.
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15