Political contingent to visit Worthington and wreckage of 'raining branches'


In the wake of a snow and ice storm that socked the city of Worthington, the governor of Minnesota and three officials from state's congressional delegation will visit the city Saturday morning, the Worthington Daily Globe reports.

Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz will visit Rock and Nobles counties, starting at the Worthington Fire Hall at 9:45 a.m

WCCO and various outlets reported a spring ice storm was quickly followed by a big snowfall that brought devastation to every city block.

Hundreds of utility poles are down, and while crews were slowly restoring electricity to some households, it could be early next week before all residents have power, the Worthington Daily Globe reported.

Tens of thousands of trees – perhaps every tree in town, one city official said – toppled or lost limbs under the weight of thick ice and heavy snow, local media reported. Residents say they could hear the eerie continuous crack of failing limbs all over Worthington.

“It’ll change the community for a long time to come,” Worthington city Administrator Craig Clark told the Star Tribune. “You can’t build back your tree inventory overnight.” He had told the Associated Press that it was "raining branches."

The Worthington Daily Globe has numerous photo galleries of the snow and damage in the area, as part of extensive coverage of the storm.

Temporary stop signs have been planted at intersections with lights out, WCCO reported.

Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in the region on Thursday, a day after activating the National Guard to assist in the storm-ravaged southwestern corner of the state.

The Associated Press reports that 6 to 8 inches of wet snow fell early Thursday on top of the thick layer of ice that covered the landscape Tuesday night in Nobles and Jackson counties. Most of the main high-voltage transmission lines that feed the area snapped under the weight, leaving no outside sources of power, Nobles Cooperative Electric general manager Rick Burud told the AP.

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