Coulee Region Storm Cleanup

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People across western Wisconsin spent today cleaning up from last night’s storms. FOX 25/48’s Erin O’Brien shows some of the damage from the Coulee Region.

Across the Coulee Region today, people picked up branches and assessed the damage from last night’s storm, as crews from Xcel energy worked toward restoring power to 1000 customers in the La Crosse area.

Hit particularly hard was Onalaska.  Its fire department responded to 21 storm-related calls last night.

Neighbors saw a variety of damage. On 11th street south, this tree fell on top of a house.

“The power blipped and then the power came back on, and then huge crash, and the power went out again, and I thought part of the tree had fallen but it’s the whole thing.”

No one inside the house was hurt, but the tree damaged the roof.

“It just sucks because on this street a lot of the neighbors have been taking down ash and elm trees, and so this is a nice maple tree and now that one’s down too.”

This tree on Green Bay Street came out of the ground but didn’t cause damage to nearby apartments.

“It was blowing really hard and blew limbs and trees into the walls and windows of the apartment, and it lasted maybe 2 minutes, and then it came across the building here and it uprooted a tree.”

Crews from the Onalaska public works department worked for three hours last night immediately following the storm to help the fire department, and begin the initial cleanup process. They continued cleaning up through today.

“It must have just been a section of wind going through our downtown section with older trees, very mature trees, and worked its way over toward the interstate and we just had a band of wind go through and received quite a bit of damage.”

In Onalaska, Erin O’Brien FOX 25/48 News at 9.

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