Snow-loaded trees crash into houses, cars in Dunn County

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

MENOMONIE, Wisc. (WEAU) - Trees came crashing down on cars and homes throughout the Menomonie area Thursday.

Menomonie snow removal crews were sent out at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but plowing was delayed to remove trees and power lines blocking roads.

"I thought my mom was trying to pull a joke on me when she said there was no school, but then I looked out the window and I couldn't see anything," Caleigha Scoville said.

"The snow is wet and heavy. We must have pert-near a foot of snow," Ansel Berger said.

It was more than 13 inches. It was May 2 but people throughout the area, had more to handle than some light shoveling.

"Branches are coming down left and right," Jay James said.

"It's a little creepy to know that there's trees falling and you could be outside while one falls," Crystal Seehaver said.

"I think mother nature's pissed off," Chad Stuart said.

For Stuart, those branches are sticking through his roof.

"About 9:00 a.m. (Thursday) morning, a giant oak fell on my house," Stuart said.

He said his wife saw it all go down.

"She was right up the road here trying to get a car unstuck. And she heard the loud noise, turned around and watched this giant tree ... Boom! Here it is," Stuart said.

It destroyed his shed, but not his optimism.

"Thanks be to God I've got good insurance, and these are just things. This isn't what's important. I'm happy that my wife's ok, and that my family is ok and that's all that really matters," he said.

Neighbors, some without power, are waiting for it all to melt into green grass and clear skies.

"I'm ready for winter to be over," James said.

"I want it to like have sunshine!" Zaynah Aamodt said.

"That's good old Wisconsin," Berger said.

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