Windstorm downs trees in city

Johnathan Hettinger —
Monday, August 27, 2018
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Enterprise photo by Justin Post

A tree lies over a car on North Third Street Friday afternoon after a windstorm blew it on top of the vehicle.

A burst of wind on Friday afternoon downed a number of trees throughout Livingston.

A large Colorado blue spruce fell on Park Street across from the Verizon store, but city staff, North-Western Energy and Montana Department of Transportation were able to pull the tree into the nearby park area.

Just before 4 p.m., a short storm that included gusts of wind estimated at 60 to 70 mph caused the damage.

On Third Street near the library, another tree went down, creating an obstruction, said Public Works Director Shannon Holmes.

“We just pulled them off, so there were not any traffic or safety concerns for the weekend,” Holmes said.

Four public works employees cleared limbs until 8 p.m. Friday. The crews were continuing work Monday morning.

“Surprisingly, we did not have any damage in parks or cemeteries, as far as large branches,” Holmes said. “I credit that to pruning and maintenance we’ve been able to do at those locations.”

Holmes said anyone who has branches that the city has overlooked can call the public works department at (406) 222-5667.