Damaging straight-line winds tore through the DeForest Windsor area Thursday, overturning multiple semi-trucks and causing some power outages.
Village of DeForest Police Chief James Olson said there were no injuries, adding that there was some slight property damage to a couple of houses due to falling trees and debris.
“The wind only lasted about a half hour, 45 minutes,” said Olson.
The storm hit locally around 4 p.m., according to Village of DeForest Communications Director Corie Hoffman.
Hoffman said there were reports of downed power lines on Halsor Street and Columbia Avenue. She said sections of those streets were closed and Alliant Energy arrived on scene to restore the lines.
Hoffman also said there were several reports of downed trees in the downtown area on Holum, Commerce and Jefferson streets, as well as Columbia and Cleveland avenues.
“Crews were just about to leave for the day, but quickly went to action on tree removal when the wind subsided and were back early Friday morning for clean-up effort,” said Hoffman.
At approximately 3:47 p.m., DeForest police officers were dispatched to southbound Hwy. 51 for a semi-tractor that had rolled over.
Officers determined the vehicle was traveling south on Hwy. 51 when a strong, sudden wind gust knocked off the semi into a grassy median area. Initially trapped in the vehicle, the driver was extricatated by DeForest Windsor Fire & EMS and transported to a local emergency room with minor injuries.
No citations were issued to the driver. Southbound Hwy. 51 was closed for approximately 2.5 hours while the incident was investigated and the scene was cleared. No other vehicles were involved.
In the Village of DeForest, the storm mostly impacted a couple of blocks, according to Olson, as areas around Holum and Halsor streets, Columbia Avenue, Scott Drive and a little bit of Jefferson Street were affected. It also hit the area of Firemens Park.
A spokesperson from Alliant Energy reported there were 12 separate power outages in the Village of DeForest, which started coming in around 3:45-4 p.m. At the peak of the storm’s duration, 390 customers were without power. Two-thirds of the customers had their power back on by 7:30 p.m., while the rest had power restored by 9:20 p.m. The major areas impacted included the areas around Yahara and E. Holum streets, Oak Springs Circle, South Main Street and Sunset Drive.
Another power outage occurred in the Village of Windsor in the Lake Road area, according to the Alliant Energy spokesperson, affecting about 50 customers. This particular outage occurred at 3:53 p.m. and power was restored by 8:13 p.m.
On Friday, an amended brush collection was undertaken by the Village of DeForest on the impacted areas of Jefferson, DeForest, Holum, Commerce and Park streets, as well as Columbia Avenue.
Hoffman said the remaining east side of Main Street will be addressed the week of July 1. The week of July 8 will be an extra pick-up period to cover the west side of the village as needed.