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Shawano County hit hard by storm

Highway 45 is shut down in Birnamwood Highway 45 is shut down in Birnamwood
The scene in front of the Verizon Phone building in Birnamwood The scene in front of the Verizon Phone building in Birnamwood
Trees are uprooted in front of Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School Trees are uprooted in front of Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
Genesee Street in Wittenberg is closed down Genesee Street in Wittenberg is closed down

by Bryon Graff

WITTENBERG & BIRNAMWOOD (WAOW) - Dozens of trees are uprooted and downed in the Wittenberg and Birnamwood area. That includes at least a half dozen in front of the high school.

More trees completely block Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

The roof of the Verizon Phone building is ripped apart in Birnamwood.  That, combined with broken power lines in front of the phone building, causes part of Highway 45 to shut down.

Captain Tom Tuma/Shawano County Sheriff's Department: "Well right now, obviously, we want to make sure all those power lines are secured and without power before people clear road ways. Crews are busy working on that. My understanding is at present all the lines are dead and grounded. Right now it's just coordinating people and getting from point A to point B, where we need to be. Again on a number of side roads there is some blockage on and that's county wide right now."

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

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