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Agawam Continues Clean-Up from Monday’s Microburst

Hunt Street, Agawam - from Eric Pahl

AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — The brunt of the damage in Western Mass happened in Agawam. Monday night, the National Weather Service has confirmed that a microburst went through, with strong winds at peak only lasting up to 5 minutes.

It happened all of a sudden just after noontime. Agawam resident, Scott Monte, watched from his front door. “This screen door blew open and I looked and I saw that tree go down on top of the cars,” he said.

Others got a front row seat from their office window.

“I could see the wind coming around. We have a little courtyard where people eat outside with the tables and they were all upside down. We knew this wasn’t a normal kind of thing,” said Dick Baker, business owner of Income Works.

Out in the parking lot several Cars and trucks were crushed.

And right around the corner on Main street in Agawam, more damage. More trees snapped in half and others uprooted from the ground.

One Main Street homeowner has branches on their trees that are broken, but have not fallen. They acted quickly to move their cars from the driveway.

“They are hooked pretty good, I think that’s my neighbors tree and part of the tree over there is in front of my daughter car in the front,” said Richard Light.

Crews came quickly to this messy scene in Agawam to begin all the clean up this evening.

“We are trying to get everything as safe as possible so they can function here as a business. Then we will go to the bigger trees in the back,” said John Beltrandi of Belco Excavating.

Crews say cleanup in the area may take up to a week to complete.

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