Kind Makes Request to Weather Service

By: Salina Heller
By: Salina Heller

People whose homes sustained property damage from a twister in Northwestern Wisconsin are being allowed back in the neighborhood to try to salvage some items.

St. Croix Valley gas has cut off natural gas to the area in Hammond, just west of the Twin Cities.

Checks for gas leaks had delayed the cleanup following Saturday's tornado.

Town officials say general cleanup is being coordinated today.

County officials estimate the damage to be 3-point-6 million dollars.

Despite that, no injuries were reported.

The tornado touched down shortly after three o'clock Saturday afternoon, tearing a 100-foot wide, 5-to-6 mile long path, mostly through farm land.

Congressman Ron Kind toured the area Monday afternoon, but before that, put in a request to the National Weather Service.

Kind says, "We've developed our own tornado alley in this area of the state- which is unusual. I've asked the National Weather Service to track this and detect any patterns that are developing, which would give us the ability of a better early warning system to protect people."

Four years ago, three people were killed outside of Siren after an F-3 tornado struck.

And in Ladysmith, 30 people were treated for injuries after the Labor Day tornado in 2002.


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