Longmeadow declares state of emergency following microburst

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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A microburst came through Longmeadow Saturday and caused some significant damage. The storm brought down large trees, and dumped more than two-and-a-half inches of rain in some parts of town.

Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News, the Longmeadow Select Board has declared a state of emergency during the storm recovery.

“The rain was like a wall of rain. It just came through here very fast. But, the lightning was really close. It was quite the storm here.”

Karen Baltruweit of Longmeadow

The storm was so strong, it uprooted a tree that fell onto a home on Belleclaire Avenue and on Greenacre Avenue, a tree missed hitting a home by just a few feet.

No injuries were reported from this microburst, but people are still cleaning up.

Jeffrey Hayes was cutting branches that fell in his yard during the storm. He told 22News he has 40 different species of trees on his property and is planning to call an expert to inspect just how badly damaged they are.

“I love trees. I don’t want them to be lost. But, I don’t want them damaging my house or the neighbor’s house.”

Jeffrey Hayes of Longmeadow

Longmeadow Police are asking you to bring debris to the Wolf Swamp Field parking lot, rather than the town’s recycling center. If you are doing any storm clean up Monday, remember to avoid touching or removing any wires yourself.

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