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Days After Storm, Clean-Up Efforts Still Underway

Natalie Jablonski

Days after an intense storm system ripped through northern Wisconsin…county road crews are still working to clean up the damage.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says the biggest problem was fallen trees, but county-maintained roads were clear by the end of the day Thursday. 

“When we have a storm like that, we drop everything and take off after the storm – the trees, the gravel portions. So yes, the whole crew was out there. There were three superintendents, the 19 guys on the crew and myself, all out there cutting trees and doing shoulders.”

Bennett says bridges and culverts handled the runoff well, but some roadside shoulders washed out in the deluge…especially on Oneida County Highways B, Y and H. 

He says shoulder repairs and other work will take the rest of the week to complete. 

“There are still trees that have to be chipped, and larger logs hauled off from the sites – but the main thing is the driving lanes are open as well as the shoulders.”

Meanwhile Wisconsin Public Service says electrical service has been fully restored, after almost 25,000 WPS customers lost power Thursday in the Northwoods alone.  

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