MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WFRV) — Significant damage remained widespread throughout Oconto County as the week began, after high winds and severe storms hit the county this weekend.
“Trees were blown down, roads were blocked, impassable, throughout all of the northern townships,” said Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban, speaking at Mountain Ambulance Service in the town of Mountain. “Trees blown over, sheared off halfway up. We’ve had trees blown over, ripped out of the ground by the roots, falling on buildings, falling on vehicles, blocking people’s driveways so they can’t exit, falling, of course, on the power lines.”
Sheriff Skarban said deputies, highway crews, and fire departments reacted immediately after the storm to clear paths, making most roads in the county passable by Saturday afternoon.
There were no deaths and only one injury reported in the county.
“Getting up here, looking at it from the air and on the ground here, obviously we understand how severe it is,” said Governor Tony Evers, who was visiting with locals throughout Oconto County on Monday. “We’re thankful that there’s no fatalities.”
Trees falling on power lines initially knocked out power to 7 Oconto County townships. By Monday afternoon, officials said the biggest remaining obstacle would be restoring power for those still without it.
“I would agree that it’s going to be several days still to get power completely restored,” Skarban said. “It’s difficult right now getting equipment, the equipment they need to fix the power stations themselves.”
The Wisconsin Army National Guard was mobilized in Langlade County Monday to assist with local authorities in helping their communities recover.
Anyone wanting to help those affected by the storms are encouraged to volunteer at their county’s emergency response unit.
“Wisconsin is a state that pulls together… people just helping their neighbors,” Governor Evers told Local 5.
“There’s been a lot of small successes along the way,” Skarban added. “So you take a negative, and in this community, there’s a lot of strength here. A lot of neighbors helping neighbors and friends helping friends.”
Anyone who needs shelter or food as a result of storm damage can visit town halls in Doughty, Riverview, Townsend, or Lakedwood for assistance.