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Storms wreak havoc across Chippewa Valley

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Clean up from Friday evening’s storms is underway, but there’s still a lot to be done.

Many areas of Chippewa and Barron Counties are, quite literally, in the dark about when things will go back to normal and electricity will be back on.

“I think it’s more a wait and see,” Chad Holum, chief deputy for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, said. “It’ll be up to the individual townships and their crews and how many people they have on staff to clean up.”

In just Barron County alone, about 10 thousand people are still without power, and with constant rain making repairs and cleaning difficult, it could stay that way for another 24 hours.

In cities like Tilden and Bloomer, getting power back could be as late as Tuesday.

Fallen tree limbs seem to be the extent of the damages in Chippewa County.

“We have zero injuries to report,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. “Kind of a miracle with all the trees down on people’s houses and people out there working. We’re kind of used to this, these tragedies over the past few years and we do a great job of neighbors helping neighbors here and that’s what it’s all about.”

Law enforcement applauds the communities’ efforts, but encourage anyone to reach out for help when needed.

Mary Pautsch

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