• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Strong wind burst downs trees, damages vehicle and house

Updated: Jul 27

Parker public works supervisor Rodney Hetzer, left, and Police Chief Craig Haley work early Friday morning to clear branches from a portion of South Walnut Street after two large limbs fell across the roadway. (Photos: Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

PARKER – Strong, localized winds tore through the city of Parker early Friday morning, July 8, damaging vehicles and at least one house. What was likely a microburst seemed to concentrate mostly in the south neighborhood of the city.

An Evergy crew was called in after falling tree limbs knocked down power lines for more than a block. Residents said they were told by power company workers that they would likely be without power for up to 24 hours.

Parker Police Chief Craig Haley said workers told him that a contractor was being called in to replace several power poles along South Walnut Street, not because they were damaged but because they are so old.

Two large trees in the yard of Parker resident Debra Nobbs fell in her front yard, causing damage to a 2000 Chrysler PT Cruiser she said she had carefully maintained. Wrapped up in electrical wire, the limbs caused some damage to the body of the car, but it was not clear if the vehicle was disabled.

Nobbs said when she heard the wind come through at first, she thought it was hail, but then believed it was a tornado.

A large pecan tree narrowly misses falling directly on the roof of the house of Parker resident Kim Johnson. It apparently rolled slightly after it fell, sending a large branch through the dining room window.

It was the second time in as many weeks that a tree caused damage in her yard. She said a week earlier a neighbor’s tree fell in her yard, causing damage.

A block to the east, a large pecan tree split just above ground level, apparently falling to the ground and then turning enough to send a 8-inch diameter branch through the dining room window of a house on the corner of West South and Center streets.

Resident Kim Johnson said she was in the adjacent room when the limb came through the window. She was not hurt, and it was uncertain that morning how much damage had been done to the roof or the siding of the house.

While there were reports of isolated heavy rain in other parts of the county, Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend said Parker was the only area in the county to report that much damage.

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