MIDVALE, Utah — Severe storms downed trees and branches across parts of Midvale Thursday evening, in some cases blocking roads.
The pine tree that stood in front of David Jenson’s home for 75 years now lies on the side of the house. He says he’s experienced plenty of strong wind over the course of his 45 years in Midvale, but Thursday’s storm packed a punch unlike anything he has seen before.
Jenson said, “It took off part of the roof because of it, and it has damaged the house.”
He’s concerned about how much it would cost to have the tree taken away. Jenson already got one bid from a contractor by Friday morning.
“He just came to the door. I didn’t call him. I looked and I said, ‘How much?’ and he said ‘$1,500,’ and I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ So, I’m going to take bids on it,” Jenson said.
Midvale city leaders want residents to report any downed trees that may be blocking streets. Because the city’s public works office is closed for Pioneer Day, to report downed trees, you should call 801-567-7235, then press 1 and 0 to get through to a dispatch operator, the city said in a post on social media.
Midvale officials said the hardest hit areas include “neighborhoods from the north border of Midvale to 7200 S, and from State Street through 500 E.”
In addition, residents in those neighborhoods with downed branches can place them on their park strip for public works crews to pick up next week. Those crews cannot enter private property, the city noted, so branches need to go on the park strip or curb.
Residents who live outside the hardest-hit neighborhoods can drop off branches at Midvale City Park. The city asks that residents place those branches next to the glass recycling bin, on the southeast corner of the parking lot, rather than anywhere else.
Harsh weather and power outages
Along with the toppled trees came the power outages all over Salt Lake Valley. Rocky Mountain Power Spokesman Jasen Lee said they estimate between 10 and 20 outages stemming from power pole fires, fallen trees, fallen power lines and water damage.
“All of those things combined to make, literally, as you say, the perfect storm,” Lee said.
However, he says the outages were relatively small, and most could be dealt with rather quickly.
“I would say [there were] numerous outages sprinkled around the valley with only one large one over a thousand people. Fortunately, that only lasted two and a half hours,” Lee said.
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