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UWSP, homeowners clean up after storms

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Trees fell across the city and some people have been without power for days. But things are starting to look up for people in neighborhoods at UWSP and everywhere in between.

"We dodged a bullet," said David Arnold, who lives in Stevens Point.

People find themselves in a mess of trees, stumps and piles of leaves, all left over from Tuesday night's storms. Arnold said it's a miracle the downed branches missed his house.

"The neighbors helped me move some of that stuff," said Arnold. "But the rest of it I've been sawing up and carting away, that's what I've been up to most of yesterday and today."

Arnold said he'd been without power nearly 48 hours.

"They told us by 6:30 tonight and I got my fingers crossed," said Arnold.

"In the last few years, we've put together a disaster team so we can go out in the community and we can help people," said Catholic Charities office manager Jennifer Woyak. "That's important to us. We are here to help our communities."

Meanwhile, clean up crews keep busy at UW-Stevens Point, where winds knocked down a lamp post on Old Main. The biggest loss on campus was caused by flooding in the lower level of the university center. The Basement Brewhaus will remain closed until they can figure out what to do with all the soggy carpets.

"No time is great but because our student population is down during the summer months, having some of these services closed at this point is not as big of a detriment to the campus," said UWSP Director of University Centers Laura Ketchum-Ciftci.

City leaders said they'll pick up brush from curbsides next week between Monday and Friday. Other parts of the university center, like student employment and university text book rental, could reopen as early as next week.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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