BREAKING NEWS: Winds topple trees into homes, cut power, close schools |

BREAKING NEWS: Winds topple trees into homes, cut power, close schools

Eileen JoyceWorkers from Paul Bunyan Enterprises cut branches from a tree that fell onto a home on Pleasant Street in Grass Valley at 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
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Forceful winds toppled trees into buildings, shut down power and kept children out of school Monday morning in western Nevada County.

The storm that started last Friday hit an intense peak about 1:30 a.m. Monday when high winds started bringing large trees down in the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas.

For Ruth and Glen Erdmann, it was a very rude awakening when the top of a large pine came crashing through their bedroom roof, a branch landing right between the sleeping couple.

“It was a horrible noise when it came down,” Mrs. Erdmann said at 10 a.m. from her modular home at the Mountaineer Mobile Home Park, just off of Highway 49 a few miles outside of Grass Valley. The Erdmanns weren’t hurt, but “just shook up,” by the incident. Mrs. Erdmann was waiting for an insurance adjustor and hoping the rains didn’t come back to cause more water damage to her home.

Blown down trees and branches also caused extensive damage at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which was closed to the public. Power lines and trees were down all over. The maintenance shop was destroyed, the Nevada City Lions Club taco booth demolished and the wine pavilion damaged. A tree also struck a camper in the camping grounds.

Ellen Davis, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry had two trees fall on her Reward Street property around 3 a.m. One took off a back corner of the house, destroying the patio. The other fell across her driveway, glancing off a truck.

Nevada Union High School administrators were turning students away at 7 a.m. because of the lack of power. Outages also closed Grass Valley Elementary Schools but Nevada City and Pleasant Ridge schools were open.

According to the National Weather Service, more than seven inches of rain fell in the area since last Friday. Thunderstorms and lightning were predicted for this afternoon.

The NWS predicted more rain after throughout the week but from storms of less intensity.


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