Under warm sunny skies Sunday, new trees were planted near the corner of A and McDonald, replacing trees that were ripped apart three month earlier by violent downbursts of wind. The storm raged through the middle of North Platte on the night of Aug. 1. One of the hardest hit areas was around the First Baptist Church at McDonald between A and B streets. Trees were torn apart there, but the church suffered only minor damage.
Meteorologist Kenny Roberg of the National Weather Service said the rare August storm came from the west with winds of 60 miles an hour that increased to up to 100 mph as it cut through town.
Restoring the trees was a joint project of Scout Troop 293, church members and others, North Platte Parks Supervisor Lyle Minshull said.
Five trees were provided through the Nebraska Re-Tree initiative and Nebraska Community Forest Council.
The scouts learned how to properly plant trees and choose right tree for the right place, Minshull said.