Seeley Swan Pathfinder -


By Andi Bourne

Residents Awake to Chaos - Many Without Power


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Seeley Lake logger Brett Haines attempts to remove the twin top of a ponderosa pine. The top broke off smashing through Seeley Lake residents Ray and Barbara Cebulski's second floor during the storm early Wednesday morning, Nov. 18. Haines was unable to lift the tree top off the house without first cutting off some of the tree's weight.

SEELEY LAKE - Many residents in Missoula County were awakened Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Nov. 17-18 by the sounds of trees snapping and, what some described, as "a freight train" roaring through the area.

Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) had system-wide power outages. The outages extended from Superior, Mont., to the Bitterroot Valley, north to Swan River Youth Camp and east to Ovando and Helmville, Mont. MEC reported between 3,000-3,500 customers without power due to the windstorm with Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley being hit the hardest.

The National Weather Service (...

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