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Storms cause train derailment, other problems

By Jennifer Montenegro, News Producer , jmontenegro@kwch.com
Published On: Jun 12 2014 12:10:01 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 05:18:59 PM CDT

Crews will be out at a La Crosse lumberyard Thursday morning to turn six derailed cars upright.

The Rush County Sheriff's Department tells us strong winds pushed the empty train cars that stretched a mile long into town.

Six cars tipped over by Main Street in La Crosse. A deputy says one car went into the lumberyard.

We're told no highways or roads have been closed.

Logan County Emergency Manager Pat Lies says a small tornado touched down around 12 miles west of US 83, just north of the Logan/Scott County line. 

A garage and barn were destroyed and 2x4s were thrown into a wall on the south side of a home overnight.  No one was hurt.  The residents are staying with family.

Meanwhile in Ellis, firefighters rescued two people late Wednesday after the were swept away by street flooding.  Apparently, the driver tried to cross an flooded area and the water was strong enough to sweep the car away.

No one was hurt.

And - in Salina, resident Jamie Brown says heavy winds blew a large branch from a neighbor's tree into her yard overnight.  She says the limb struck the corner of her house and hit a lawn mower and the AC unit.  Thankfully, there wasn't any significant damage.

Crews with Westar have been working to restore power to thousands of people who lost it during the storms. 

Storm Team 12 Meteorologist Ross Janssen says winds up to 80 mph were passing through LaCrosse when the derailment happened.

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