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Heavy snow causes downed trees, power lines in Winona


WINONA, MN (WXOW)—Winona got over seven inches of snow on Monday causing problems all around the city.

Bill Blank's tree fell down early this morning when heavy snow weighed it down.

The downed branch is blocking his neighbor's driveway, but didn't damage anything.

But he's worried about another branch that's hanging over his house.

"Like I say it's an old tree and probably more will be going too. That's why I say this spring I think might be the end of it," Blank said.

He called local tree services and all of them said the tree is a second priority to all of the snow plowing they have to do today.

"He says give him 48 hours give him a call. It depends what the neighbor wants. But these people will live with it," Blank said.

Besides weighing down trees, the snow weighed down power lines too, in Winona.

One line was weighed down so much a truck trying to pass below it got stuck.

Police guarded other down lines around town until the power company to fix it.

Xcel Energy said about 1,600 customers had outages since Sunday night. About 350 people in Winona still didn't have power Monday afternoon.

Crews hope to have everyone's power restored by 10:00 Monday night.

Captain Curt Bittle said drooping power lines causes problems for the fire department too.

"It's pretty interesting," Bittle said. "I haven't seen this in 5 to 6 years and everything was weighed down and there were actually a number of spots on Third Street where we would have had problems with our aerial truck. Thank god this doesn't happen very often."

The fire department says if you find a down line call 911 because it can be difficult to tell if the line is live or not.

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