Wind Downs Trees, Power Lines in North Valley

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Up to 60 mile per hour wind gusts toppled trees and snapped power lines in the North Valley Wednesday. Officials from the city of Merced and Merced County said they each received more than 20 calls about downed trees and power lines.

The high winds also destroyed a barn in El Nido and downed more than a dozen power poles on Highway 140 near Thorton. Several trees landed on top of homes and branches from one ended up in a Merced County home. Juan Vazquez worked through the rain to try and keep water from coming through the roof, but seemed to take the incident in stride. "We need the water ... what can we say? We need the water. We were lucky that no one was home. That's the main thing," said Vazquez.

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