APPLETON - The city of Appleton continues to recover from Wednesday morning's storms.
The impact of the severe weather is taking a toll on residents, utility, and cleanup crews.
Downed trees and power lines litter Dot Hackel's backyard.
“Everything is down so you try to get rid of the stuff off the roof and the fence, and stuff like that, that is, immediate concerns, and then you just kind of wait,” said Dot Hackel of Appleton.
The wait has been long. Hackel has been without power since storms swept through the area earlier this week.
“Empty refrigerator, empty freezer.”
But her heart is full with the help she's received from neighbors.
“We're trying to find the fun. Like the neighbors have been helping each other, and once we got past that, sitting around talking and watching all the people working, and seeing if we can help each other,” said Hackel.
“Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we've been closed,” said Scott Gonnering, owner of Scooter G Sports.
Not only are residents affected by the hassle of outages, so are some area businesses.
“Everything that runs out of here kind of feeds the family because this is the only job. We're not a big Fazoli's or whatever you want to say, that has multi-businesses, this is it so whatever doesn't come out of here doesn't help us at all,” said Gonnering.
We Energies says it has a couple hundred workers in Appleton toiling around the clock to get the power back on.
“I think in terms of full restoration, probably tomorrow sometime, we're certainly shooting for that time frame, we're expecting the vast majority to be back in service yet tonight, but very clearly there are going to be some more challenging situations that will go into noon tomorrow,” said Barry McNulty, We Energies spokesperson in a phone interview.
It's evident progress is being made. Immediately following our interview with Gonnering, his power came back on.
“I'm going to open her up and see if we have lights, yes.”
Like the utility, the city's public works department is also putting in long hours throughout the streets of Appleton.
“There's a lot of big dangerous stuff, I mean there's a lot of branches that have come out of trees that are still hanging up in trees that we're trying to take care of. So we don't want them to fall, especially into traffic or on somebody or on a house yet,” said Paul Krause, Public Works Department, Forestry Division.
The Public Works Department expects it to be a few months before everything is cleaned up and back to normal.
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