Bonanza Valley area hit with massive wind, rain storm (VIDEO)

Cleanup begins at the crack of dawn, Wednesday, July 26



A downed power or communications line holds a large tree trunk in the air on Pleasant Avenue in Brooten on July 25.

Just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, a severe rain and wind storm pounded across the Brooten and Belgrade areas. The strongest punch of wind battered Brooten for over 15 minutes as torrential rain fell. Brooten first responders went quickly to work tracking at least 15 downed power lines in town.

Threats of severe storm activity continued throughout the overnight hours. The National Weather Service reported winds in the 50 to 75 mph range across the New London-Belgrade-Brooten areas. The Brooten and Sedan areas reported over 3.5 inches of rain through the night.


(HD VIDEO) A view of the rain and wind storm as seen in downtown Brooten on Tuesday, July 25.

By Wednesday morning after sunrise, clean up efforts led by the Brooten Fire Department were in full effect. The American Red Cross was in Brooten on Tuesday afternoon checking in elderly residents and handing out water bottles to clean up crew workers.

Editor's note: with a front row seat, watching outsiders and local residents come together to help out our town was heartwarming to say the least. The town of Brooten is not unlike any small town across America: we will band together and help one another in good times and in bad times. As difficult as the damage was to work through in town, it has been nothing less than marvelous to watch everyone come together helping one another, young and old alike.

Video has been added to this web article. A second web article related to this storm was posted on Thursday, July 27; you can find it under the "News" tab.


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