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Milk maid heads to gutter to stay safe in storm


TOWN OF PLOVER (WAOW)-- Jessy Wolosek recounts the moments the storm moved in.

"I was finishing milking my last cow, and I was looking out the door and the clouds looked a little weird," Wolosek said.

The young milk maid was working on the Barden Family Farm in the Town of Plover when she had to take cover.

"I was laying in the gutter and my head was over here and my feet over there," she said.

The gutter catches cow waste in a milking parlor and discarded hay. Wolosek admits it wasn't her first choice, but it certainly was the safest.

"I could hear a lot of metal flying around," she said.

Farm owner Chris Barden said,  "We came running out to find Jessy to make sure she was all right."

Barden saw the roof ripped off the barn Jessy was in.

"She's laying in the gutter because she knew to get down below as far as she could," Barden said.

The damage here is widespread. Silos are down. Calve hutches are in the woods. Feed is scattered to the wind. Barden says what happened in minutes will take months to repair and puts her and her husband, Bob, in limbo.

She said, "We had already set our retirement date, and our younger daughter was going to take over the farm. Now with all the damage it's very hard to make any plans."

Despite the property losses, there was no animal or life lost: Likely because one milk maid hit the gutter and says she'd do it again.

"You don't know what's coming. So it's better to be safe then sorry," said Wolosek.


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