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Cleanup continues in Osseo after storm

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OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU)- City crews and Xcel Energy are picking up the pieces in Osseo. Heavy winds and rain knocked down dozens of trees and power lines Monday afternoon.

At least half a dozen crews from Xcel Energy repaired nearly a dozen downed power lines. Even after power is restored there is still more cleanup left to be done in the coming days.

“I just looked out the kitchen door and I could see it moving really fast,” Denny Berg said as he stood outside of his Osseo home Monday night.

Berg says he saw the sights and heard the sounds of a storm headed right in the direction of his Osseo home. That's when he knew it was time to take cover.

Around town, the buzz of chainsaws were making quick work of the mess left behind from the storm.

“We had neighbors dragging brush. Everyone chipped in and got it done fast,” Berg said.

“One of the joys of being in a small town is we went to some of the areas where we knew trees were down and neighbors were there helping,” Osseo EMS Chief Kirk Gunderson said.

Gunderson said fire crews helped clear major brush and debris from the roadways. Now it’s up to crews from Xcel Energy to repair downed lines.

“At one point we will have four to six of their crews in town,” Gunderson said.

Gunderson says another round of rain put the brakes on those repair efforts but the work will continue through the night.

For Denny Berg, the sight of his downed tree in his front yard has him hoping that this latest storm is the last he'll see for a while.

“I've had enough for today,” Berg joked.

Gunderson says cleanup will continue around Osseo Tuesday morning.


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