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Storm leaves big mess in Central Wisconsin


Mother Nature strikes again, leaving thousands without power in the Wausau area, and debris lying everywhere after last night's storm.

Heavy winds blew through the area causing many trees and wire to go down. People I spoke with say the severity of the storm caught them off guard, leaving them with a big mess to clean up.

Cutting trees and picking up piles of rubble is the scene at a neighborhood in Kronenwetter, after a severe thunderstorm with heavy wind and rainfall came through the area last night, causing some major damage.

"There were a lot of branches down in the back and my big tree in the front went down which was an absolutely beautiful shaped tree and I'm real sad about that," said Kronenwetter resident, Sharon Feldmann.

"We had came outside to take down the pool so it wouldn't blow away and then that's when the fence let loose and took out the patio door," said Kronenwetter resident Mike Jelinek.

But these homeowners weren't the only ones hit hard. Imperial Industries Incorporated in Rothschild was right in the path of the storm.

"It tore off part of our transportation building roof," said Imperial Industries Inc. Safety Manager, Doug Hagen.

Hagen says about one third of the roof was torn off but that's not all.

"It did roll a couple of our tanks and caused some damage to those too," said Hagen. 

So now, it's all about picking up all that's left of a tree, fence and a roof.

"We're going to have a lot of cleanup and hopefully we can get back to normal pretty soon," said Jelinek.

Getting back to normal may take some time, but with a few more helping hands, residents say it can get done.

"This is a great neighborhood to live in if there's ever a need for help they're always right here," said Feldmann.

Wisconsin Public Service officials say about 6000 customers in the Wausau area were without power at the peak of the storm, but it was restored by Wednesday morning. 

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