Severe storm wreaks damage across Cornwall
By Greg Kielec
Five people were trapped in their vehi- cles for a harrowing three hours in Corn- wall after a tree brought power wire down on top of them during a severe thunderstorm Friday evening. The five were trapped in two vehicles in the area of Eighth Street and Adolphus Street around 6 p.m. when high winds top- pled a tree and electric power wires around their vehicles. The people were able to leave their vehi- cles shortly after 9 p.m. after emergency crews worked for three hours to make it safe for their exit. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Cornwall Fire De- partment. At least two other streets were closed to traffic due to fallen trees and numerous traffic lights were out throughout Cornwall after the severe thunderstorm which ham- mered the city with high winds and marble- sized hail between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. A stretch of Marleau Avenue between Mc- Connell Avenue and Alice Street was still blocked around mid-evening Friday after six trees lining the edge of a cemetery fell in succession across the street just north of
Cornwall Community Hospital’s Mc- Connell site. Tollgate Road was also closed to traffic a few hundred metres west of Brookdale Av- enue due to a fallen tree from the brief but powerful storm which hit the city around 6:30 p.m. Leaves littered the roadside in many areas and there was some minor flooding on some city streets. A large number of branches were torn from trees throughout the city, some of them quite large. Photo by Katina Diep A car is pictured trapped along Eighth Street near Adolphus after a large tree branch toppled electricity poles and wires over it and one other vehicle, trapping five people for hours Friday evening.
Photo by Greg Kielec A Cornwall police officer walks away from the scene of devastation along Marleau Av- enue in Cornwall late Friday afternoon after a severe thunderstorm knocked down six trees within the span of a few hundred metres along a cemetery adjacent to the busy city artery.
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