Fast-moving storm leaves behind damage

Published 7:32 pm Thursday, June 29, 2023

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A storm moving through the area brought with it heavy winds and rain Thursday evening that left behind damage in Albert Lea.

The curtain used by the contractors painting the new downtown water tower was torn into pieces, and a nearby transformer blew. No workers were injured.

Initial reports also indicated there was a tree that had fallen into a house on Minnie Maddern Street.

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The city of Albert Lea and painting company BRZ Coatings are assessing the impact of storm damage to the containment curtain, but due to the damage to the curtain – which spans 50,000 square feet – finishing the exterior paint will be delayed. On the interior, the painting is complete. Next steps will be disinfecting the bowl and installing a control room in the base, which will occur when the exterior paint is done.