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Carl Lewis | The Chronicle
Straight-line winds toppled this car port at 2nd and D streets in Elgin.
Straight-line winds toppled this car port at 2nd and D streets in Elgin.

Less than two weeks after Elgin residents bailed themselves out of floodwater brought on by torrential rainfall, Mother Nature dealt a second blow with severe straight-line wind damage.

Severe straight-line winds struck Elgin Saturday night, inflicting extensive damage to the Elgin Post Office, ripping car ports and sheds off their foundations and sending trampolines and other outdoor equipment flying into neighborhood fences.

Throughout the night Saturday into Sunday morning, Elgin officials worked with area residents to clear debris from roadways and ensure no one was seriously injured by the brief but powerful gusts of wind which seemed to be aimed exclusively at Elgin. No serious damage was reported in nearby Fletcher or Sterling.

The City of Elgin is offering free bulk trash pickup through July 31 to help residents clear any debris that may remain from recent storms. Residents may call City Hall at (580) 492-5777 to schedule a free pickup.