MARSHALL, Minn. (WCCO) – Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes said Saturday that the city of Marshall has declared a state of emergency after severe weather that swept through the area Friday afternoon.
The declaration was announced at 6 p.m. Friday after storms moved through the area around 4:30 p.m. Marshall was one of the areas hard hit by strong winds and hail that caused significant damage throughout the city. The majority of damage is from downed trees, and there is also some structural damage from wind and hail.
Byrnes said crews had removed debris from city streets by 9 p.m. so that roads were passable again.
For the next 72 hours residents and contractors are asked to do whatever they can to clean up storm damage and make necessary repairs. Byrnes said there will also be expedited permitting for building construction. No permits are needed for emergency repairs to homes and businesses, he said.
Brynes said that in his 19 years as mayor, this is the first time the city has declared a state of emergency because of severe weather. The city has made four other declarations that were all due to widespread flooding.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Samantha Smith Reports