The Brainerd area took a big hit from a storm recently, and its effects highlight the real need for everyone to remain vigilant against the kind of damage such events can inflict. Now efforts are underway to assess the damage wrought, and estimate the length of the repairs needed to restore the areas hit the hardest.
Several Minnesota storm damage repair specialists are working together to expedite the restoration process in a smooth and efficient manner. Most of the areas that sustained damage are properties that were near heavily wooded areas such as camping grounds and resorts. This is terrible timing at the height of vacation season.
The eight-mile long and three-mile wide swath of the storm blew 70-mile/hour winds through the heart of Lake Country, dropping more than two inches of rain. Most of the damage came from the winds though, as it knocked down as many as a hundred power poles, and around two hundred trees.
Authorities approximate that around 8000 homes were left without power when the storm was at its strongest. Removing fallen trees from roads is proving to become difficult as it hampers the arrival of additional assistance from getting to the affected areas.
Storm After the Storm
The severity of the storm wasn’t uncommon as local residents estimate that they get one or two storms of similar intensity on average. The strength of this particular storm was within the neighborhood of a weak tornado. Some people would consider all this information to be irrelevant, as they would rather focus on repair efforts. But, it is quite significant because of one issue – insurance.
Insurance companies are very particular regarding the cause of the damage inflicted on the properties they cover. Contract terms are very discerning between water and wind damage. The difference will become a very important issue in the coming months as residents try to grapple with their contracts for coverage.
Preparing and recovering from a storm is a long process that doesn’t end with the completion of repairs. It’s an annual test in endurance against a literal force of nature that people will need to contend with.