The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Storm damage: Storm knocks out power, sends trees onto houses in SH


April 11, 2017

Roy Vaughn of Northest Natural checkes for propane leaks Friday morning after two trees at the corner of Strawberry Loop and Meadowlark, left, tumbled onto a house, unearthing a gas line, visible to the right of the cone. Vaughn said there were no indications the pipe was leaking. For more on the storm, see page 11.

Sweet Home residents woke up Friday morning to raging winds from a “rare” spring storm that left trees on houses and many city streets littered with tree branches and garbage cans.

John and Diane Farthing were watching the storm out a bedroom window in their home at the corner of Meadowlark Street and Strawberry Loop about 7 a.m. when they heard a crash.

“Something went ‘wham,’ right next to the window,” Diane Farthing said. “Suddenly a tree fell right next to the window. I wish I’d videoed it.”

Their oldest daughter, Ashley, reported from another room: “A tree just f...

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