Several Towns in Franklin, Hampshire County Experience Storm Damage
REGION (WGGB) – Several towns in Franklin County experienced some storm-related damages to buildings and infrastructures, as well as road flooding.
In Greenfield, Deputy Fire Chief Edward Jarvis told ABC 40 there were a couple of buildings hit by lightning, but didn’t result in any major fires. An electric transfer station was on fire but was quickly extinguished.
Also, the Mill House building, which is an elderly housing facility, was also struck by lightning, along with another residential home off of Main Street. No injuries were reported from these incidents.
Greenfield Police also reported via Twitter that Leydon Road was closed north of Leyden Woods Lane for a tree and power lines down. The tree has since been removed, the road has been reopened in both directions to traffic.
Eight telephone poles were taken down after some trees were knocked down on the wires. There are some road closures because of this.
MassDOT also has a team in Greenfield assisting with the removal of downed trees in limbs on Route 2 near Colrain Street.
Officers also responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Conway Street and Allen Street. There were injuries in that crash, but the extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.
Greenfield Police took to their Facebook page to alert the public of any weather-related destruction in the area.
In Colrain, the fire department mentioned they were dealing with some road flooding, but has not yet closed down any roads. There were no car accidents or wire down from the weather in that area.
In Northfield, Police told ABC 40 there were numerous trees and wires down on Hinsdale Road, along with some small fires due to lines and trees being in connection with each other. Highland Avenue between Howard Street and Moody Street is closed to traffic due to trees and wires down. No injuries have been reported.
According to the National Weather Service’s Local Storm Report, many towns in Franklin County were dealing with wires and trees down in the roads, causing traffic blocks, including Northfield, Shelburne Falls, Gill, and Whatley.
In Pelham, which is in Hampshire County, a couple was forced out of their home after lightning struck a well outside it and traveled into the house. Lt. Kevin Fournier of the Pelham Police Department said the strike did some electrical damage to the house. There was a couple inside the house at the time but they were able to make it out safely with no injuries. Crews were on scene around 5:30 p.m. and power was shut off to the house. The couple will be sleeping elsewhere tonight, but Lt. Fournier said the home is livable. Electricians will most likely turn the power on Thursday and and electrical inspector will have to clear the home before the couple can return.