Neighbors helping neighbors: Barron County rebuilds after tornado
11:13 AM, May 19, 2017
11:14 AM, May 19, 2017
As people work on picking up the pieces of their life from the EF-2 tornado in northern Wisconsin, many say the damage is too much to handle on their own.
In Chetek, friends and strangers are taking up the effort to rebuild. The damage in some people's homes and properties is so extensive that it's amazing to many they were unhurt. One couple, Denise and Mark Stefanski, say they are still shaken by what happened.
"It was just the scariest noise that I won't ever forget," said Denise Stefanski.
"The wind just...I didn't know when it was going to stop," said Mark Stefanski.
The husband and wife rode out the tornado apart from each other. Denise in their basement, Mark next door, in his car. Both were thinking of the other as the tornado touched down.