Morning after storms hit; Waking up in Wittenberg

WITTENBERG – Residents in the Wittenberg area in Shawano County are waking up to a big cleanup this morning.

Trees are uprooted all across the area from strong winds that swept through the area Tuesday evening. Some of the trees fell on power lines.

Strong winds tore off part of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School roof, sending debris and insulation away from the school. The winds also left behind a mess inside the gymnasium.

Residents say a trailer flipped over and crushed a man’s leg, but there is no word on his condition.

The owners of a dairy farm say their barn fell in on their animals, with no way to get them out. The family says it had to put down about 60 cows.

The Red Cross tells FOX 11 News the agency has 21 volunteers in the area. Officials set up an emergency shelter at the elementary school, but it’s not clear how many people spent the night. The Salvation Army is hosting a breakfast this morning.

The fire department started out around 4:30 a.m. to start cutting up trees.

The mayor and police and fire departments are expected to hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m.

FOX 11’s Laura Smith is in Wittenberg and will have reports on Good Day Wisconsin and fox11online throughout the morning.

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