Kiwanis and Fenton Parks lose 12 trees after strong wind storm

LEWISTON, ID - Closer to home, crews are busy trying to assess the damage from Wednesdays wind storm.

Wind gusts of up to 59-miles per hour were recorded at the Nez Perce County Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Crews have been busy at Kiwanis and Fenton Parks cleaning up debris, with 12-trees completely lost so far. City of Lewiston Forester Riley Stark said in the long run, wind storms like these make for a stronger urban forest.

"These events are not all that uncommon and they actually build resiliency in the urban forest by removing the trees that are more susceptible to damage such as this," said Stark. "So although it's kind of a setback, I think our urban forest will be stronger because of it."

Stark encourages homeowners to hire a reputable tree company to take care of any downed trees. A small autumn planting will make up for some of the damaged trees.