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Storm uproots dozens of trees in Concord’s riverfront park

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A strong storm felled dozens of trees in Concord's Riverfront Park early Saturday morning. Surveying the damage became  a destination on Sunday and Monday. Photographed on Sunday, July 21, 2013. City crews were working on felled limbed around roads and sidewalks on Monday but plan to be working in the park for much of the coming week.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

The city of Concord is cleaning up the damage caused by a powerful thunderstorm that hit the area Saturday shortly after midnight, felling trees and temporarily closing Kiwanis Riverfront Park.

Chip Chesley, director of the city’s general services department, said his office assessed the streets yesterday to ensure the sidewalks were clear.

“It was a really acute, short period of high winds,” Chesley said. “In various street locations . . . there were limbs down. Our crews right now are patrolling the streets and just making sure things like the sidewalks are clear.”

The most significant damage occurred at Kiwanis Riverfront Park on Loudon Road, where a number of trees were felled.

“Down there, we’ve probably lost between 15 and 20 hardwood trees, some of them fairly sizable,” Chesley said. “Our crews will be down there most of this week cutting that up.”

Deputy City Manager Carlos Baia said the city closed the park Saturday because of the downed limbs and trees and was unsure when the cleanup would be finished or when the park would reopen.

While some people assumed the storm was a microburst, a swift downshift of wind that can top 80 mph, James Brown of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said the severe weather was probably just one of several powerful thunderstorms that rolled across New Hampshire and Maine late Friday and early Saturday.

In addition to taking down trees, the storm also tore through Concord’s Market Days Festival. Powerful winds toppled the majority of vendor tents set up for the Main Street festival. The destruction meant vendors and organizers had to work through the early morning hours in order to open at 10 a.m. as scheduled Saturday.

(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or
mflanagan@cmonitor.com.)

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