The thunderstorm that raced through Meeker County Thursday night left a trail of property damage and at least one injury.

The damage include reports of localized flooding, trees down and roof damage throughout the county, according to a Meeker County Sheriff's Office news release.

Trained weather spotters reported cloud rotation in the Litchfield and Dassel areas, but no reports of funnel clouds reaching the ground, the release said.

Other reports included:

  • A car was washing off the road on Meeker Stearns Street east of Eden Vally and wound up submerged. The driver escaped the vehicle without injury.
  • A semi-tractor trailer was blown off the road on State Highway 15 at 305th Street in Kingston Township, and the driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Kenneth Braniecki, 56, of Florissant, Missouri, was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment.
  • The Meeker County Courthouse received roof and water damage as a result of the storm.

The rainfall that came with the storms last week was having longer-lasting impact, as well.

On Sunday, Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze issued no wake restrictions within 500 feet of shore for Big Swan Lake in eastern Meeker County.

High water levels, combined with boating activity, have caused shoreline damage at the lake, according to Cruze.

Recent heavy rains, including during last week's thunderstorms, could create issues at other county lakes, as well. The news release said the lakes are being monitored and additional no wake advisories could be issues. Cruze urged caution and reminds boaters to be mindful of the water levels on all lakes.