A severe thunderstorm came through the area on Friday evening around 5 p.m. The storm brought in winds over 80 mph, hail, heavy rainfall and damage to buildings.
A majority of the storm damage was reported in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Saturday providing an update on the storm.
“Communities included in the path of this were Cushing, Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Centuria, Balsam Lake, Clayton and Turtle Lake. Our county sustained damage to buildings, power lines, property and trees. Flash flooding occurred. Presently there are approximately 6,925 residents of Polk County without power according to utility providers.”
According to Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative on Monday morning, they were reporting over 2,000 Polk County residents were without power. There were 170 without power in Barron County and just six customers in Burnett County still without power.
Saturday morning, Polk County Chairman Dean Johansen signed a Disaster Declaration for Polk County.
“This declaration will allow Polk County Emergency Management to seek disaster funding if recovery costs exceed established thresholds.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s office also said there were a number of fires reported along with sparking power lines. There were no major injuries reported by the office.
There was a power outage in the Siren area for about 90 minutes on Friday evening. NWE and Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative was updating their Facebook page over the weekend and were providing information for members.
Polk-Burnett was also giving information on how to stay safe after the storm. Including stay away from downed power lines, if using a generator be sure to use a transfer switch to keep electricity from back feeding into system and check meters for damage.
“If all goes well, power should be restored (Monday) to many members in Balsam Lake, Bone Lake and Half Moon Lake areas,” Polk-Burnett said in a statement released Monday. “Likely by the end of the week before all repairs are made, especially on the east side of the system in and around Barron County.”