HORTONVILLE - As the seemingly endless storm cleanup continues, we're starting to also hear some amazing stories of neighbors helping neighbors.
Six tornadoes and straight line winds caused more than $30 million in damage in Outagamie County, but no one was killed.
Now, residents are trying to focus on getting their lives back to normal. And in Hortonville, they're getting some help.
Businesses are donating food, water and supplies. Contractors are cutting down trees at no charge.
Proving that sometimes, when nature is at its worst, the human spirit is at its best.
For Hortonville's Stephanie Weiland, a simple hug spoke much louder than words.
"I couldn't ask for nicer people."
Last Wednesday's storm took down trees all over Weiland's property. And it nearly took her father's life.
"A very large limb came down and hit an older man that was just taking care of his trees and trimming it up," said Mark Caswell of Treeo's Tree Service.
Across the street was Caswell, a man Weiland now calls a hero.
"We just ran across the road and took it off him in a natural reaction and I called 911," Caswell said.
Mark Caswell and his crew from Treeo's Tree Service helped 76-year-old Gene Main, who is still in the hospital in critical condition. They now plan to finish the cleanup work Main started...for free. And when Weiland saw him for the first time since the accident last Friday, she was overcome.
"Thank you, yeah, you're welcome."
While it's the most heart-warming story, it's not the only example of how the small village is pulling together. Kwik Trip is donating water, ice and food to volunteers and those in need.
"The employees that I have here, they live here in town and are going through this as well, and it's neat to see a town come together when you have devastation like this. And it's not just Kwik Trip but other businesses in town as well," said manager Brian Arntsen.
And from outside Hortonville as well. Home Depot in Grand Chute brought 15 workers to Hortonville over two days last week. They also donated gloves and some chainsaws to those who needed them.
"It was a good opportunity for us to get out and give a helping hand in that disaster relief and lend a helping hand to those that needed it," said Manager Wendy Winters.
"People are happy to have us here and we are happy to be here and with that kind of response we feel obligated to give back," said Caswell.
A spirit people like Weiland say is what will help this community when it needs it the most.
"I have angels."
Weiland says her father is in a coma and doctors hope to perform surgery on his injuries soon.
Meanwhile Caswell and his crew say they will have her property cleaned up by the end of the day.
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