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Portland rowing season grounded after devastating storm

The Portland Community Rowing Association says the storm did $100,000 worth of damage. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – A rowing season is grounded after Tuesday's devastating storm cell.

A community rowing team says they lost their entire fleet when winds tossed their boats into a utility pole.

The Portland Community Rowing Association says the storm did $100,000 worth of damage.

The wind storm swept up hundreds of pounds of rowing boats and slammed them into a utility pole.

The Portland Community Rowing Association says that 11 or 12 boats were destroyed by the storm.

A witness reportedly told them that the entire 30-foot wooden rack holding the boats was lifted off the ground by the strong winds.

Jacob Green is the head coach for the rowing team. He says he came to check on the boats Tuesday night, but never expected to see his entire fleet destroyed.

"When you show up looking for a pea sized hole, and you get here and it's broken in four pieces, and all over the ground, yeah, it's pretty horrifying," Green said.

Wednesday night, Green and his players will be looking at the damage and trying to salvage parts.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Portland Community Rowing Association rebuild.

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