Waukesha hardest hit by Wednesday night’s storms

WAUKESHA — The Waukesha area was hardest hit by storms Wednesday night, July 25th. The Waukesha County Dispatch Center said they had numerous calls for lightning strikes, downed trees, downed limbs, wires sparking and transformers arcing. It seems the biggest issue with the storms was the strong winds.

Once the sun came up following storms overnight Wednesday, it was cleanup time for many across southeastern Wisconsin.

Near Carroll College, a tree fell onto a home around 3:00 Thursday morning, leaving noticeable damage.

Terry Russ with Russ’s Tree Service said he knew Thursday would be a busy day. Russ helped clean up the tree that fell on the Waukesha home.

“I was very amazed of the damage that was done to my neighbor’s house, but then again, how fortunate I was that it didn’t strike our house,” neighbor Donald Purtell said.

Dianne Jens of Delafield had a tree come down in her yard that she planted 42 years ago!

“I hate to see it go, but we won’t put another one in. I won’t have another 40 years here to see it grow. It’s something you water for how many years. You take care of it and it’s gone,” Jens said.

Just a few yards away from Jens’ home, an antique gas pump Jens’ husband restored was also damaged by the high winds.

“It was restored completely, so not it looks like we’ll be restoring it again,” Jens said.

Cub Scout camp was cancelled at Indian Mound Reservation after a tree fell onto a camp building. Over 200 Cub Scouts had to cancel their trip.

“We were quite sad. This is a program area that’s quite popular,” Karen Herbet said.

With the water, bathrooms and electricity out, the camp site sits empty until Friday

The scouts have planned a make-up outing next month.

We Energies worked Thursday to restore power to about 20,000 customers.

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