UPDATED: Storm Damage Widespread; Most Of It Downed Trees & Limbs (PHOTOS)

The natural gas line (yellow) that was knocked to the parking lot at Kimball Office from the storms that passed through the area Saturday night. A wooden ladder (laying on the ground) knocked down the gas line.

A natural gas line (yellow) that was knocked to the parking lot at Kimball Office from the storms that passed through the area Saturday night. A blown over wooden ladder (laying on the ground) knocked down the gas line.

Jasper (NNDC) – Authorities are still assessing the damage left behind by a storm front that didn’t last long, but did pack quite a punch.

The brunt of the heavy rain and high winds passed through Dubois County between 7:20pm and 7:50pm.

Tammy Humbert , the county’s emergency management director, says, “I think we (Dubois County) might have gotten the worst of the storms that hit the (Tri-State) area.  It appears the damage is widespread; most of it downed trees, limbs and power lines.

Downed trees and power lines did prompt some temporary county road closings.

Downed trees and power lines closed South Club Road near East 650 South until St. Anthony fire crews cleared the debris.   A tree branch did fall on power lines near the club and ignited, but did no real damage and the branch burned itself out.

Extra manpower and chain saws were called into to help remove several trees along East 700 South near and in the Ferdinand State Forest.  The downed trees prevented campers from getting in and out of the park for a couple hours after the storms passed through the area.  Crews worked well past Midnight clearing the debris.

Tree over a Guard House along South 700 East at Ferdinand State Forest Sunday morning

Tree over a Guard House along South 700 East at Ferdinand State Forest Sunday morning

There was some structural damage reported from the storms.

A temporary ladder used for workers to navigate the different roof elevations at Kimball Office blew over and knocked an exterior natural gas line to the parking lot on the east side of the building along 15th Street.

Jasper VFD Chief Ken Hochgesang says first responders could hear gas coming from the downed two-inch wide gas line.

Hochgesang says a gas company employee who is also a firefighter was among the first to arrive on scene.  He was able to cap the leak within minutes.

Hochgesang says getting the leak capped quickly and the fact there were no employees working in the plant at the time negated the need for any evacations, though the smell of gas did have to be vented from the building.

Also in Jasper, wind blew down the third base side backstop of the Lady Wildcats Softball Complex and heavily damaged the backstop of the adjoining junior varsity field. CLICK HERE FOR OUR STORY ON THE BACKSTOPS

In Huntingburg, Heather Conrad's car was not damaged despite two large trees fell both in front and back of the car!

In Huntingburg, Heather Conrad’s car was not damaged despite two large trees fell both in front and back of the car while it was parked in her driveway!

Meanwhile, Humbert says a farm between Duff and Huntingburg reported damage from the storm.

The farm located near West 450 South and South 600 West reported roof damage to a couple of barns and a silo was also damaged.  CLICK HERE FOR OUR STORY ON THE DAMAGE

Humbert says there were numerous downed trees inside the city limits of Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand.

City street crews in both Jasper and Huntingburg were already out early Monday morning pickup storm debris CLICK HERE FOR OUR STORY ON THE DEBRIS PICKUP

Downed trees from Saturday night also knocked down power lines in both Huntingburg and Ferdinand.

There were scattered power outages also reported including one that knocked out the traffic signal along Indiana 56 at North 500 West in Ireland for a short time.

Power was out in the Holland area until about six Saturday morning.

Humbert says , “No area of the county was spared from the brunt of the storms.”

There were no reports of any injuries from the storm in Dubois County, but an Indiana State trooper was injured by a falling tree on along Indiana 56 near the town of Algiers (between Otwell and I-69). The trooper was transported to and treated at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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