High Winds Do Damage
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:27 PM
High winds Sunday night and Monday morning wrecked no little damage in the Valley and
elsewhere in the county.
Cedar Falls was probably the hardest hit of
any of the valley communities. The wind was of
much greater force on the hill and worked
considerable damage, injuring one man.
Elmer Smith, brakeman, was injured when
the wind lifted a roof off a box car and landed it on
him in the Cedar Falls yards. He was taken to the Snoqualmie Falls hospital and is reported
recovering from bruises, cuts and minor fractures.
The children's playhouse on the school
property was lifted by the wind and moved several
feet. Fortunately no children were on the playground
at the time and the damage was confined to the building.
Bill Rockford's garage was completely
demolished by the wind and, although his car was in
the building at the time, it was not damaged. C.
E. Graybael's garage was also damaged.
Steam power was necessary to bring in the Olympian from Trude to Cedar Falls, as a tree
was blown over the power line, tearing down about
three miles of the line. The tree also caused slight
damage to the road bed, but a section crew soon repaired this.
Power lines were blown down and in some districts, as near as Pine Lake, poultrymen lost
eggs when the power in the incubators was thus
accidentally shut off. The Sween poultry farm in
that neighborhood had 25,000 eggs in the
incubators when the power lines went down. Falling
trees damaged other power lines and linemen were
called out at 3 a.m. Monday to repair the damage.
Half of the front porch of the August Melin
home on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie was
twisted off and thrown onto the roof. The district along
the North Fork road suffered the most severe wind in
the upper Valley, the wind at times, assuming
proportions of a cyclone.
One end of the cow shed on the Mountain
View farm was de-roofed by the powerful blasts.
The Ed Jensen home on the Meadowbrook
Tracts was lifted off its foundations and slanted off
again during the storm. No one was living in the house
at the time and but little damage resulted.