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Town of Maine barn collapse just one of many

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TOWN OF MAINE (WAOW) - Farmers across central Wisconsin are reporting damaged roofs due to the brutal winter.

Several farmers Newsline 9 spoke with said this is the worst winter they can remember in a long time.

A barn collapse in the Town of Maine Thursday night was just the latest in a series of them.

Luke Witter was milking cows when his family's barn came crashing down.

"We heard a creak and moan and it sounded like there was a tornado going through the barn," said Witter. "We walked out to everything collapsed."

Witter says the family tried to prevent this.

"We shoveled about three dump trucks full off the roof that collapsed earlier before the last snowfall," said Witter.

But this brutal winter was just to too much. Witter says he thinks a combination of the snow and wind caused the collapse.

This is an all too familiar scene for the Witter's neighbor.

"In January we had part of our barn fall down," said Clark Bauer, who has a farm across the street. "The snow came off of one roof and went right through another."

Other barn collapses have also been reported across the area.

These dairy farmers say the weather isn't only affecting the buildings. It's taking a toll on the animals, too.

"The energy they're using out of the feed is going into body weight and not going to making their milk," said Bauer.

At the Witter's, all their cows made it out of the barn alive, but two were hurt. Now they're working to find new shelter for all the cows. It's just one more job to do in this already tough winter.

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