STORM TEAM: Cleanup begins on city's north side

EAU CLARE, Wis. (WEAU) - Professional crews and "do-it-yourselfers" took to the streets and yards of Eau Claire’s north side Friday, putting in a hard days work cleaning up after Thursday afternoon’s storm.

Friends and families in the neighborhood near North High School worked together. They turned fallen trees and branches into firewood and brush that will be hauled away.

“It isn't that bad,” said Fred Golden of Eau Claire. “It's just the idea of the time and work that's involved… and I'm sure there's a lot more people in Eau Claire that are…were in more trouble than we were.”

Golden, his brother and neighbor were up and at em' early on Friday, clearing branches from the road.

Meanwhile, Some of the clean-up Don Johnson's worked on will have to get hired out.

“Jesse lost, what, three four good size branches off his maple tree, and he lost a quarter of his tree here,” Johnson said. He worked with memories of Eau Claire's 1980 windstorm, and says Thursday's storm was nothing like that.

“We got lucky, I guess, is what you want to say,” he said.

People in Eau Claire with debris and brush from the storm can bring it to the street side boulevard for pickup. Crews will start picking it up on Tuesday. The city says that initial effort could take about two weeks.

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