Storm-ravished western Wisconsin cleans up after tornado


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As severe storms tear across western Wisconsin, it takes just one tornado to touch down, wrecking havoc and turning homes and other structures into piles of rubble near the Chippewa-Dunn county line.

The Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk gives a brief report: "With all this damage all the winds and apparently in a tornado that touched down, we have no fatalities. We have no reports of any serious injury. We're very fortunate to hear out in the town of Wheaton."

As local authorities are assessing the damage, emergency managers have asked volunteers to avoid Wheaton because of debris and broken power lines.

Some local residents who are hard hit are devastated.

[Tina Elias, Chippewa County Resident]: "I don't know where to begin. I don't even know where to start. This is a hard hit to take. I finally felt like I was getting ahead and back on track. And then, it just took everything away."

[Skylar Barr, Chippewa County Resident]: "I've never seen anything like this in my life. You see pictures but when you see it in person it just, you can't really begin to believe what you're seeing."

Wheaton Town Supervisor Bud Beckwith volunteers to help with the massive cleanup.

At least three semi-trailers overturned on Wisconsin Highway 29 northeast of Elk Mound.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers goes around visiting those who are cleaning up the damage wrecked by the tornado.

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