More than 100 trees damaged, uprooted in Moline
High winds damaged more than 100 trees in Moline when severe thunderstorms blew through the area Monday.
On the corner of 15th Street and 30th Avenue, cleanup was already underway Monday evening on two trees that were uprooted by the storms.
“At first, I thought it was a tornado that was going through. Usually I like to go outside and take a look at storms and stuff like that, but I wasn’t gonna mess with this one,” said the homeowner, who watched the trees fall from inside.
Just down the road, neighbors like Larry Herman surveyed the mess in their own yards.
“I’ve got lines down in back, my neighbor has his power line totally snapped from the house,” said Herman.
A huge tree also took out fences and power lines, knocking out electricity for much of the area.
“It just blew through out of nowhere. I had checked the radar and thought, ‘Okay, we’ve got a line of storms coming through, but this has been going on all day long right?’” said Herman.
Moline Public Works said there was damage on more than 21 city blocks, including at least 100 trees.
The department will help with clearing branches and fallen trees, but asks that residents cut them into a manageable size and bring those limbs to the curb. Crews will begin picking those branches up in a couple of days, once they finish clearing limbs that are blocking city streets.