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Gov. Walker visits Clark County

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CLARK COUNTY (WAOW)--Governor Scott Walker visited Clark County on Thursday, days after a strong tornado swept through.

The Governor met with families as he surveyed the damage. Walker said his first priority is making sure everyone is safe.

Clark County resident Roy Tinkey's parents were inside their home outside Chili when the tornado blew through, lifting the house off its foundation.

"My mom got blown back from the kitchen through a different room and actually got covered with debris and and a wall fell on her partially," Tinkey said. "My dad was trying to get to her through a different route in the house. he stepped onto the edition when it was being separated from the home, he dove back into the house and the edition was gone."

Both survived. Roy's father broke his foot. His mother only suffered a few bumps and bruises.

Emergency officials said recovery from the storm is moving along well thanks to the help of neighbors and volunteers.

"It's a classic example of Wisconsin," Walker said. "People step up, they do a good job locally and a lot of neighbors and volunteers help out."

The Clark County Emergency Management spokesperson said most of the damage should be covered by insurance. It's still unknown whether state assistance will be necessary.

The Chili Fire Department and Salvation Army will be coordinating volunteers with clean up projects. They will meet Friday from 9 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Fremont Town Hall in Chili.

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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