Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 18, 2014 - "This section was visited by a severe rain and wind storm which did much damage"

A relatively brief thunderstorm in Bovina in the small hours of June 18, 2014 managed to do considerable damage in the Bovina Center hamlet and in other areas around the town. Here's a series of pictures I took the morning and evening of June 18. 
By Brush Cemetery, next to the library - 42.2622°N 74.7814°W

The Manse - 42.2631°N 74.7808°W
Another view of the Manse on Maple Avenue - 42.2631°N 74.7808°W

Bovina Museum - 42.2621°N 74.7833°W

Roz Foster's house - 42.2621°N 74.7867°W

Shoemakers - the large tree branch that looms over the house has broken from the tree and will need to be removed - 42.2621°N 74.7827°W

The old Currie house, now the house of Bea Vides and Walker Pond. Another tree that must be removed - 42.2621°N 74.7837°W 

Maple Avenue after start of the clean-up
Certainly not the first such storm in Bovina. A quick perusal of the Andes Recorder Bovina column brought up these three items:

July 25, 1902: On Sabbath [July 20], this section was visited by a severe rain and wind storm which did much damage. Perhaps John W. Blair on the J.T. Miller farm sustained the most damage – there it tore up the evergreen and other trees and damaged things in general. G.D. Miller’s butcher shop was literally tore to pieces.  In the village trees were blown down and some of the school house roof and chimney were smashed. In other parts of the town there was also a lot of damage.

September 1, 1916: A cyclone struck southern Bovina Sabbath afternoon [August 27] and did considerable damage.  Starting at the Boy’s Camp conducted by Robert L. Gerry on what is known as the Wight place, it blew down the doctor’s tent and uprooted some twenty apple trees.

The greatest damage was done on the farm of Thos A. Raitt where 88 trees were either up-rooted or twisted off.  Trees eighteen inches to two feet in diameter went down before the fury of the storm.  Among the trees were twenty apple trees and five or six pear trees and the others were in the woods.  Nearly all the apples were whipped off the remainder of the orchard.  The other trees taken were in the woods but fortunately the sap bush escaped.  A rocking chair which was in the front yard was picked up and carried about eight rods.

From Raitt’s the cyclone skipped over the hill and again swooped down at E.R. Worden’s at the top of the hill on the Turnpike.  There an apple tree, a maple tree and an elm were its victims. The next swoop of the instrument of destruction was made into the head of Gladstone Hollow.  At James L. Doig’s two chimneys were torn off his residence, an oak tree fell onto the milk house and smashed it, and some fruit trees and smashed it, and some fruit trees were torn up by roots.  What damage was done further on we have not learned.

September 18, 1925: A heavy storm of rain accompanied by a high wind, passed over Bovina on Saturday evening [September 12] and numerous trees were blown down.

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