Houston County expected to seek Minnesota disaster assistance for tornado damage

Houston Tornado
The 81-mph tornado that hit the Paradise Valley area of rural Houston toppled trees and caused other damage. (NWS photo)

CALEDONIA, Minn. (WKBT) — The Houston County Board is expected to pass a resolution Tuesday declaring a state of emergency in the wake of a tornado that ravaged parts of the county Saturday.

The resolution, to be considered Tuesday morning, would allow the county to request aid through the Minnesota disaster assistance program, according to a news release Monday afternoon.

No serious injuries were reported after the storm caused significant damage in the Paradise Valley of rural Houston at about 3 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff Mark Inglett said.

After an on-site survey, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado had raked the Paradise Valley, leaving widespread damage in Houston, with a number of downed trees and debris across the city.

The tornado, clocked with wind speeds of 81 mph, traveled 4.45 miles, according to the NWS, which said the tornado was 40 yards wide.

The sheriff’s Emergency Management Division is working with cities, townships, the county highway department and other qualifying entities collecting initial damage estimates, according to the news release.

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