Storms on July 19

POLK COUNTY–Winds that topped 84 mph ripped through Polk County on Friday evening, July 19, joined by heavy rain, hail, and flash flooding.

"Our county sustained damage to buildings, power lines, property, and trees," said Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak.

At approximately 5:10 p.m., the strong storm entered the northwest corner of the county and plowed southeast through Cushing, Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Centuria, Balsam Lake, Clayton, and Turtle Lake.

Law enforcement and fire departments from the surrounding communities along with first responders and ambulance services were dispatched to assist in checking the areas affected by the weather. Fires were also reported along with multiple reports of sparking power lines.

"There are no major injuries currently as a result of this event," the sheriff said late Friday night.

"Power is still out in some of the regions in Polk County," he said in a press release at 10:30 p.m. "Power company officials are working to restore power. Damage assessments have already started and state emergency management resources have been requested."


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