High winds and very heavy rainfall followed a thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon in Bradford, downing trees and causing significant damage across the city.
The storm ravaged the area in less than a half hour, starting around 4 p.m. and ending near 4:30 p.m.
The Wagner Cemetery on West Washington Street in Bradford Township, near the St. Bernard Cemetery, was heavily damaged, with trees smashing some grave stones and toppling others. Trees were down across several streets, including Mechanic and Bushnell, and Harding Avenue. Power lines were down as well.
Shortly after the storm raged through the area, Bradford Mayor James McDonald put out a statement on social media: “Bradford Police Chief Ward has been in touch with me regarding the severe storm this afternoon. There is major storm damage around the city. Several roads are closed and there are multiple reports of power outages. Extra police officers have been called in and road crews are out and working. Please do not travel unless you need to, and if you do, please be especially careful.”
The City of Bradford Police Facebook noted flooded streets and downed trees throughout the city, and said the Department of Public Works had been dispatched to clear roadways.
In Kane, reports came of a possible partial structure collapse at the Mountain Laurel Credit Union.