Whitewater continues storm clean up
Aftermath of Wednesday night's storm
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The City of Whitewater was hit just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night with strong winds and heavy rain.

The initial storm lasted under thirty minutes but the destruction left behind will take crews the next few days to restore. “It’s amazing to see how much damage a storm can make in such a short time,” says Kristin Mickelson, Whitewater PR & Communications Manager. “Thankfully no one was injured and we are on the road to recovery due to the quick response of our city staff and community members.” Whitewater Police, Fire Department and City crew members assessed the areas needing immediate attention and were in place minutes after the storm ended. They began barricading streets, sidewalks and public access areas clearing large branches and trees that had fallen into the streets along with poles, electrical wires and other debris. The communications center received hundreds of calls in a very short time frame and officers responded to over 80 calls for service. Many homes and businesses within the city experienced power outages and some are still currently waiting for electricity to be restored. WE Energies has been diligently working to fix the problems around town, including the school district that closed schools today due to the power outage. The crews worked late into the night to clear as many streets as possible. Officers and staff stayed on site until after the second storm ended just after 11 p.m. Crews continued to work this morning clearing brush and debris for safety of the residents. Most damage is in the downtown and residential areas that have many older trees and bushes. Some damage was a result of fallen trees near or on parts of homes and vehicles.

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