Storm destroys historic oak tree in Rosebud

ROSEBUD — A white oak beside Rosebud City Hall was destroyed by lightning Monday evening.

Estimated at 150-years-old, lighting which struck the tree just before 6 p.m. May 14 sliced a split through-and-through the oak located north of the city’s meeting and court building. Feeler’s Tree Service personnel were removing the tree on Tuesday. The lightning strike also knocked out electricity to the line servicing approximately eight meters along north Cedar Avenue including Rosebud City Hall. 

The city’s water well, located behind the police station which is adjacent to City Hall, was also knocked out of service. No damage to the well was reported by city staff. The water well was started up again after Ameren Missouri linemen replaced a damaged transformer a block north of City Hall.

A lightning strike was also believed to have knocked out the transformer, Ameren linemen said.

Water was being supplied by another well during the outage, The Republican was told by city staff.

Ameren personnel said sporadic outages were reported across the region as a line of strong thunderstorms rolled through the area Monday evening. Most of the stronger storms were either in the northern portion of Gasconade County or north of Hermann in Montgomery County. Approximately 11,000 customers across Ameren’s service area lost power during the storm, according to Ameren’s website.

The National Weather Service out of St. Louis issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:30 p.m. for northwestern Franklin County and central Gasconade County. The storm which hit Rosebud was reported around 5:55 p.m. May 14, according to city staff. Outages in were limited to North Cedar.