Storm Damage on Land and on Water

June 2010 News

Wednesday evening's thunderstorms packed a wide punch. Sheriff's departments in Marinette, Forest, Langlade, Menominee, and Oconto counties in Wisconsin report damage -- mostly downed trees and power lines and some damaged boats and docks on lakes.

Stephenson, which is west of Crivitz in Marinette County, and Lakewood, which is in northern Oconto County, had spots with significant storm damage.

A National Weather Service survey team says there was no tornado but straight-line winds up to 100 miles an hour.

A storage facility in the Town of Stephenson had the roof ripped off one of its buildings. The owner spent Thursday morning contacting all the people storing property there.

"I had to notify all the renters that their, whatever they've got stored, may be damaged and to move it out of here so we can demolish it and most likely start over," Thunder Lake Storage owner Donna Compton said.

At Thunder Lake across the street, we spotted a capsized boat and several homeowners trying to fix their damaged docks.

"The dock was pretty much flipped upside down. It was left out in the lake. The pontoon boat was pulled away and the canopy was destroyed," Charles Ricker said.

In the Town of Lakewood there was similar damage -- downed trees and on Wheeler Lake some overturned boats.

One vacation home owner had quite the surprise when he came back home after the storm hit.

"I got in at 7 o'clock only to drive in and see that tree on my roof, and went down to see that my dock wasn't there or my pontoon," Jeff Hayes said.

Emergency management officials say the storm's pattern was extremely sporadic, saying one house would have no damage and the next would have significant damage.


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