Winds and snow collapse shed near Barron

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

ALMENA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Bitter cold winds are already causing problems in the Chippewa Valley.

The winds and snow collapsed a shed on an area farm, causing several thousands of dollars in damage.
And the owner says if neighbors didn't come to the rescue, things could have ended up much worse.

What started out as a typical morning for Cathy Koser quickly changed when she walked outside.

“We came outside here this morning to check on our cows that are going to have babies,” she said.

The roof of her barn had caved in overnight, with pregnant cows inside.

“There were six of them that were trapped alongside of our barn with no water and no food, so we had to remove everything quickly, so we could get them out,” explained Koser.

She says word of the mouth traveled fast in the small community.
Neighbors and friends were at Koser's farm mid-morning, taking everything apart, piece by piece.

“It broke loose from the building and kind of came down,” said Lyndon Koehn.

Koehn was one of five neighbors who braved the cold and came down to help.

“It could have been much worse,” said Koser.
“Each of these cows is worth a good amount of money right now; I wouldn't not want to lose one more, I was sick for the one that I did lose,” she added.

Koehn says it’s a good idea for people to clear snow off their roofs,before even stronger winds hit our area.

“I wish people could get up on their barns and check how deep the snow is; I mean even if it doesn't look like much, it is a lot of snow on there,” he explained.

Koser says now, that her cows are safe she is making sure all her 80 cattle make it through the bitter cold several days, as all farmers should.

“We're just putting lots of sawdust for animals to keep clean and dry, to keep everything out of the wind if at all possible,” she added.

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