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September 2, 2014, 4:28 pm
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High Winds Cause Memorial Day Storm Damage

The National Weather Service indicates it was 75 mile an hour downdraft winds… but not a tornado… that caused extensive damage to dozens of homes across Sangamon County.


Storm damage at Lincoln Place Mobile Home Park in Riverton
Storm damage at Lincoln Place Mobile Home Park in Riverton

The worst damage was concentrated in the Lincoln Place Mobile Home Park, which was evacuated after downed trees and limbs damaged more than 50 homes, causing one minor injury.


Numerous other trees were brought down across the city.


Henson Robinson Zoo also sustained damage to fences and other structures from downed trees.


City Water Light and Power estimates that as many as 1,500 customers could still be without power, from pockets of outages scattered across the city.


And more heavy rain and strong storms are in the forecast for today… with a flash flood watch extended through this evening.

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