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Portage residents assess damage caused by high winds during storms

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Lee Ann Vesely
Courtesy: Lee Ann Vesely | Portage

PORTAGE (WKOW) -- The Portage Police Department is asking people to use caution if they need to travel after storms swept through the area Tuesday night.

Some of the worst damage 27 News has seen from the line of storms has been in the city of Portage, with trees down and power outages reported.

The tree in the tweet above fell in between two homes off DeWitt Street. Keith Bylewski lives in one of them, and said he and his wife heard a crash as the tree fell. It did a lot of damage to the balcony of their building but the rest of the home was fine.

"Both houses are pretty lucky," he said.

According to 27 Meteorologist Max Tsparis, the high winds and moist ground made for the perfect recipe to pull even mature trees right out of the ground from the roots.

"[There were] these trees that were being knocked down and trees that were leaning that you didn't know if they were going to come down or not," said Judy, a Portage resident. "It was pretty scary."

She said she was glad no one was hurt. As of now, Portage police are not reporting any injuries.

Charlene Gordon, another Portage resident, said the storm came on quickly and "petrified" her.

"It was just awful," she said. "I'm surprised the damage is as little as it is because it sounded like it would just everything would be ripped down."

Authorities said crews have been busy removing tree limbs from streets.

The City of Portage has had first responders out assessing the damage from the storm. Many tree limbs are being removed...

Posted by Portage Police Department - Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Damage to vehicles from the storm should be reported to your insurance company.

If you need to contact police to file a report you are asked to call during business hours because officers are busy assisting with cleanup.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a total of 57 incidents of trees blocking the roadway, trees on homes and downed power lines.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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