Franklin County residents feeling storm-weary

A tree came down on this house on Plumtree Road in Sunderland.

BERNARDSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – During the past two weeks, Franklin County has had its share of bad luck with the weather.

The torrential rain of two weeks ago washed out roads in Colrain and neighboring towns, the Fourth of July Weekend brought a damaging microburst that took down trees in the town of  Sunderland, and some debris still remains in the town of Bernardson from Monday’s severe weather.

At the Country Corner Store in the center of this Franklin County town of 2,100, a major topic is how the miserably weather’s treating them.

“It’s a lot of driveway repairs, a lot of water, a lot of places had a lot of damage. We’ve had a great fire department to take care of all that, a lot of community help,” store owner Jeff Klein said.

Linda Russa of Northfield has to pass through several storm damaged neighborhoods to get to her job at the Bernardston store. She told 22News that it hasn’t been easy.
“Crazy, absolutely crazy, it’s been very difficult to get around. You never know what’s going to happen, which roads are going to be washed out. There were lightning strikes. Like me driving home; there’s smoke everywhere,” Russa said.

According to 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin, Franklin County was lucky, in a way. The severe storm that passed through western Massachusetts intensified into a microburst; prompting a tornado warning as the storm moved east into Worcester and Middlesex Counties.

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