Storm Leaves Behind Damage Across the Northland

Renee Passal
Updated: May 30, 2018 07:15 PM

Tom Poderzay looked out his window on Tuesday evening, and knew there would be trouble. "We saw the front coming. When the wind picked up, it was like, right now," he recalled from his Soudan home. "We were watching that tree and it would go a little bit, and then it would sway back, and then go a little bit farther, and it would sway back."

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

At one point, he knew it wasn't going to go back anymore. And indeed, it snapped off and hit his garage. But Poderzay didn't have that much time to worry about it. He works for Breitung Township and Tower, and was getting calls about water and sewer through the evening. 

Wednesday, he was out cleaning up debris around town, including some at the baseball fields. Thankfully, the batting cages and scoreboard were spared. Poderzay said that the scoreboard came down last summer during a storm.

You could see trucks heading to the landfill off of Highway 169 loaded up with downed branches and trees.

Dennis Yocus planned on doing just that Wednesday afternoon. A big tree from his front yard came crashing down. "By the time we got the flowers in the garage, it was just blowing and blowing. I watched the trees bending, and heard a loud crack. I looked, and saw that my big tree went down! Then, at the same time, a tree across the street went down on a power line, and it started arcing."

Yocus went to check on his neighbor. The pine tree barely missed the neighbor's garage. "He didn't even know it happened, it was so fast."

Another Soudan resident was already replacing shingles on his roof that had blown off. He told Eyewitness News he plans on putting on a metal roof in the future.

All of the clean-up is a hassle, to be sure. Poderzay added, "I was surprised. There were a lot of a big trees. And I was the unlucky one in this area."

But the residents were just happy it wasn't worse. There was also damage reported up in the Ely area and around Lake Vermilion.


Renee Passal

Copyright 2018 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Relay Media Amp

Duluth Priorities Uncertain as Legislative Session Concludes

Duluth's Lakeside Neighborhood Welcomes First Liquor Store in More than a Century

Koneczny Kicks-Off Duluth City Council Campaign

Special Report: Answers for Rosemary

Marshall Seniors Continue Empty Bowl Tradition

Duluth Shoppers React to Dressbarn, Other Stores Closing