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 Roseville resident Richard Carbonneau examines the damage to his property caused by several large tree branches falling on his garage and yard.

Roseville resident Richard Carbonneau examines the damage to his property caused by several large tree branches falling on his garage and yard.

Photos by Brendan Losinski


Storms sweep through Eastpointe and Roseville

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 12, 2020

 Storms swept through the Detroit area June 10, causing downed power lines, fallen tree branches and other destruction.

Storms swept through the Detroit area June 10, causing downed power lines, fallen tree branches and other destruction.

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Many Eastpointe and Roseville residents are cleaning up or assessing damage to property after rain and high winds swept through the Detroit area June 10.

Richard Carbonneau, who lives in Roseville on Beaconsfield Street, was among those left with damage to their homes and a substantial mess on their properties after several large tree branches were snapped free of a large willow tree on his property.

“I had just cleaned up my yard, and now it barely looks like the same place,” he said. “I’ve got water damage in the garage, and the weeping willow tree that fell was huge. It was probably a hundred years old or older. It was 14-feet around, and the wind knocked the branches right off and onto my garage.”

Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Detroit, said that damage like that at Carbonneau’s home was common after the storm.

“We had several reports of trees down and power lines down,” Arnold explained. “Several wind gusts of up to 60 or 70 miles per hour were over that way, as well as reports of hail. We know several areas lost power as well.” 

The storm swept through Roseville starting around 6 p.m. Carbonneau was lying down when he heard the crash of the branches hitting his garage.

“I called a tree company to come over, and they said they would try to get the guy out here, but it could be two days because there’s so much damage around town,” Carbonneau remarked. “It looks like a hurricane came through.”

Now he, like many Eastpointe and Roseville residents, are trying to see how they can recover from the damage.

“I’ve got probably $5,000 or $6,000 in damages,” said Carbonneau. “The beam in my garage was smashed and tree branches landed on my roof and punched holes in it. The insurance people are coming up here, but they said they won’t be up here for a week. I had some lights broken, some artwork in the yard that got busted up. There was a lot of damage.”

While thunderstorm warnings may not inspire the same concern as other warnings for weather events such as tornadoes or floods, Arnold said the public needs to take thunderstorm warnings very seriously. They can be dangerous to people caught in them, and they can definitely be destructive.

“Whenever people get a storm warning like this, people need to heed them and get indoors,” said Arnold. “It can cause severe damage or injury, even if all we’re expecting is rain and wind.”