Minden flag flying again
August 1, 2015
The U.S. flag is flying once more over Minden Park after the town's flag pole succumbed to hurricane-force winds in February.
The new pole was installed on July 10 and the flag flew for the first time on Thursday.
A Feb. 6 windstorm with 90 mph winds bent the old flagpole into a 45-degree angle. The 70-foot-tall former pole had been welded together from three pieces of pipe by Douglas County Ironworks when the gazebo was completed in 1984.
Town Public Works Director Greg Hills said the pole was made of 3, 4, and 5-inch pipe that he described as "field engineered."
The pole was originally 85-feet tall, but when the pulley failed at the top, nothing the town had could reach it, so they took the pole down and shortened it by 15 feet.
The old pole required town maintenance workers to cut it at the base and then chip away the concrete.
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Minden Town Board members voted to replace the flagpole in March in the hopes it would have been replaced in time for the town's Independence Day celebration.
The flagpole in Minden Park was not the only casualty of the windstorm that scoured Carson Valley in February.
According to Douglas County, more than 300 permits for reroofing were issued since February.
Under county code, roofs with more than 1,000 square feet of damage require a building permit.
In the weeks after the storm, one contractor estimated he'd used $12,000 in tarps to cover damaged roofs.
The storm also took part of the roofs of the Minden and Genoa fire stations.
The Minden flagpole wasn't even the only flagpole damaged by wind in the Carson Valley.
The pole in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, which had stood since the 1920s, succumbed to the December windstorm.