LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Longmeadow are waking up to some significant tree damage Wednesday morning, after severe thunderstorms came through southern Hampden County Tuesday night.
Longmeadow Street (Route 5) from Maple Road to the Connecticut state line had to be shut down during the overnight hours, but is back open for the Wednesday morning commute, as massive trees were cleared from the roadway.
Longmeadow resident Chris Marino told 22News his front yard was struck by lightning, “We didn’t even know where it was crazy rain, crazy wind. And it took us a minute to figure out where everything went and we were grateful it didn’t fall on the house.”
Longmeadow police say that while all roads in town are open Wednesday, detail crews will be out throughout the day as downed trees are cleaned up. The biggest issue residents are facing Wednesday are trees completely blocking sidewalks around the town. They do say they’ll be working on cleaning those up throughout the day.
“Last night they were cleaning up and they did a great job. They were quick and cable’s already restored and electricity is restored. We were pretty lucky,” said Marino.
More than 900 people lost power in Longmeadow Wednesday night, but electricity was restored during the overnight hours. The southern part of town was most strongly hit by Tuesday night’s storm, with damage being reported on Longmeadow Street, Nevins Avenue, Maple Road, Ferncroft Road, and Wolf Swamp Road, among others.
Not everyone in Longmeadow experienced the storm though.
“So last night I really just heard the thunder and rain, but nothing too crazy from our house,” said Katie Bishop-Kendrick of Longmeadow.
Across the Connecticut River, there was also significant damage reported in Agawam, with downed trees and wires among the problems there as well.