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Spring snowfall damages property, forces plants indoors


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Thursday's storm delivered more than one blow. It created quite a mess for several residents. It also helped set back the start of the selling season for some greenhouses.

"It was about 3 in the morning, and I heard a big crack. I ended up walking down the stairs and walking to see the driveway. I looked over here, and thank God it didn't fall forward, because it probably would have fallen on our house," said Eau Claire resident Jesse Brown.

A tree on the southwest side of Eau Claire was just one of several victims of Thursday's snowstorm.  It took part of a fence down with it, but Brown knows it could have been worse.

"Normally there's three cars lined up directly behind me, and well, if the third one would have been parked the tree would have taken that one out," Brown explained.

While fully-grown trees have succumbed to the strange season, young plants at Green Thumb Landscaping are being protected from the elements.

"Normally our stock would be outside in the nursery where it's supposed to be this time of year. This year it's just been unbelievable with the snow and cold conditions so it's forced us to bring these plants inside for right now," said Mike Sell, Owner of Green Thumb Landscaping.

And while April showers will eventually bring may flowers, there is a little delay to the saying this year.

"On the rhododendrons, the buds are just starting to pop out here. In a normal season, they'd be all budded out and have a nice purple color here. Because of the weather conditions, they're just budding, and no flowers yet," Sell explained.

Until then, the plants will be staying indoors at least a few more days.

"We're just trying to protect all the plants the best we can for right now, and then take them out next week when it's warm," Sell said.

With temperatures expected to climb, Green Thumb is hoping to have flowers outdoors for customers on Monday.  

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