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Houghton Lake cleans up after 'microburst' hits area

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The batting cages at the Lakeland Recreation Park flooded after a "microburst" went through Houghton Lake on Thursday. (Joshua Schneider)

ROSCOMMON COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Residents in Roscommon County had a big mess to clean up Friday after severe weather.

High winds ripped threes right out of the ground along M-55 in Houghton Lake.

According to the 7&4 News meteorologists, all the damage was caused by a microburst.

A microburst is when a blast of air sinks during a thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service said winds reached more than 60 miles per hour with more than two inches of rain.

Lakeland Recreation's sign was blown over and their go-kart track and batting cages were flooded.

“I’ve talked to a bunch of people that have lived around here for 50 or 60 years and none of them have seen anything like that even in their time," said Joshua Schneider, the manager at Lakeland Recreation. "There were three feet of water on the road in front of our gate. Cars were stalling in it, it was actually so deep. There were three inches of water. We were continuously sweeping out of the building to keep our equipment from getting ruined.”

Schneider said it will cost them more than $8,000 to repair the damage.