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A house in south Bend sustained about $1500 damage after lightning struck a nearby tree and transferred the strike to the house.

 

Bend Deputy Fire Chief Larry Medina says lightning damaging a home is not that uncommon; but it only happens a few times a year.  And this time the home on Minnetonka Circle was the one, for lack of a better word, chosen.  "Basically, its just a matter of physics. So, when lightning runs through the area, it finds an available source, you know whatever is a good conductor. So in some cases, the trees, just due to the height and the moisture content, lend themselves to finding a lightning strike. And then adjacent structures and nearby trees are also vulnerable as that electricity transfers." 

 

Medina says the owner, Roger Oleman,  called 911 around 2:15 Wednesday morning after smelling a strange odor about 20 minutes after lightning struck near his house - so he thought.  Medina says the lightning actually struck a tree near the house and transferred the energy to the garage of the house causing a small fire to insulation.

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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