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Overnight storms leave damage in Walworth County
High winds knocked down trees and power lines
Posted at 9:06 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 17:26:45-05
Strong winds during Monday night's storms toppled trees in Walworth County. According to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, there were a handful of trees and power lines reported down overnight.
In Lake Geneva, Street Superintendent Neil Waswo said he received calls starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday about downed trees on Haskins Street near Pioneer Drive.
Waswo said other residents called to report trees throughout the city with broken limbs due to the storm.
One large tree, with a trunk roughly 30 inches in diameter, was snapped by the wind.
The tree fell into the intersection at Haskins and Pioneer.
"We were lucky," Waswo said. "It broke right at the base of the tree, so it would've done some serious damage to a home."
The tree stands at the edge of the property where Ben Finco and his family rent a home.
"I woke up probably nine or 10 times throughout the night," Finco said. "I kept hearing cracking noises."
"The roof was cracking all night. You could feel the wind hitting the side of the house, pushing in, and you could hear the windows rattling," he said.
Finco estimates the tree that fell was approximately 50 or 60 feet tall.
"I'm glad it didn't fall on our house. It probably would've crushed us," he said.
Waswo said the city's street department would take care of chopping up and clearing the tree because it was in the public right of way.
Crews arrived at the scene around 7:00 a.m. and could be seen sawing the tree apart and placing the debris into a large wood chipper.
"We'll probably plant another tree there in the near future," Waswo said with a smile.
He said the street department also clears fallen trees planted on private property if they're blocking a roadway.
"We'll remove it to basically the gutter line, so it's off the road, and then after that it's the property owner's responsibility," Waswo said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) website said central Walworth County, as well as the Town of Linn, south of Geneva Lake, also reported wind damage to trees and power lines overnight.
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