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Heavy wind and rain lead to clean up in the Northwoods

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ONEIDA COUNTY (WAOW) - Heavy rains, lightning and winds to 70 mph pounded the Northwoods earlier Thursday.

Now, it's clean up time in places like Minocqua.

"I'm cleaning up this mess,” said Barb Wolosz of Minocqua. “We lost a lot of big branches and stuff which I've picked up already."

People in town marveled at the storms that passed through from the night, to the morning.

"The lightning came, and what I thought was funny is that the lightning was real low it wasn't high like you usually see lightning," said Wolosz.

Some even saw tiny hail with all the rain.

"Everything turned black, it was like night again," said Wolosz.

Just north of Minocqua, a new lake temporarily formed in Woodruff.

"We got called that Highway 51 was under water,” said Mike Timmons, the Woodruff Fire Chief. “We came down here and we've been pumping water."

"One of my officers said he saw a Buick driving through, and it was up to the hood and he was surprised that he made it through," said Leonard Drewsen, the Woodruff Police Chief.

The fire chief says they're still trying to figure out how this happened.

"We're not sure if the storm surge just couldn't handle it or unplugged, we haven't gotten into why," said Timmons.

But he says the inches of rain they got definitely helped.

"I've seen some water here in years past but this is the worst I've ever seen," saud Timmons.saidffic was rerouted on that part of US-51 so no one got stranded in the water. The fire chief says they're working with the Department of Transportation to clean up as quickly as possible.
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