GIBSON - As the next rounds of rain fall, Northeast Wisconsin is also cleaning up from Wednesday's powerful storms. And some people still have lots of work ahead.
"If I had to guess, probably $30,000 to $40,000."
That's how much money said 141 Speedway co-owner Bruce Conard estimates Wednesday's storms may have done in damage to his racetrack in Manitowoc County.
Mother Nature did a number on it, knocking out power, ripping up bleachers, nearly taking doors off their hinges and knocking down walls.
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Now, Conard and his employees are left to clean up after her, to get the speedway ready for Saturday's races.
Conard says he's had damage before, but nothing like this.
"This is a pretty big mess," said Conard.
Wisconsin Public Service says at the storm's height, about 4,500 Manitowoc County customers were left without power.
It says the majority of the outages were caused by high winds breaking poles and lightning strikes.
WPS even called in extra crews from the region to help get people's electricity back online.
"The rain came very heavily and actually started raining in a horizontal movement," said Jeff Fails of Two Rivers. "Which was exciting, along with the lightning and the clouds and everything else like that."
For Fails, while Wednesday's storm may have been exciting, he's not too excited about having to clean up the storm's aftermath.
Trees and branches are strewn about the backyard and his neighbors – some limbs resting atop his garage.
The storm comes day after he just sold his home.
"We're out of the house and now we have a cleanup of our neighbor's yard," said Fails. "Fortunately, nobody got hurt, which was a good thing."
"I guess it's a part of nature," said Conard.
For Conard, he says there's not much he can do to stop Mother Nature.
You have to take the good with the bad.
But he says he unfortunately got the bad.
Conard does expect the racetrack to be ready for racers and the green flag Saturday.
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