Residents near highway 16 and County road B were among
those who lost power.
A large walnut tree fell on a power line pole early
Winds caused multiple trees to come down overnight
in that area.
Our team coverage continues with Kyle Dimke who has
the latest here in La Crosse.
I spoke to homeowner Jan Goetzinger who lost nearly
half the trees in her yard.
Even looking out over the damage done to her yard
you couldn't break her positive attitude.
Jan: 1- I woke up out of a sound sleep at about with
the wind just howling
In her nearly 44 years living in this home .
Jan Goetzinger and her husband have never woken up
to a yard like this.
Jan: 13- Oh my gosh! Ha! Just unbelief because we've
always considered ourselves very fortunate that we
live here and not in tornado alley or where they have
hurriances or earth quakes
Jan estimates about 12 trees in her yard are lost.
Some that have stood in this yard as long as she has.
Jan: 6- The willows, we lost two willows that were
uprooted, they each started from a single branch from
my husbands mom's tree so 40 some years ago.
We had balsums that we had trnasplanted from up north
and they're gone.
But even though the clean up process could take weeks
a few broken trees .
won't break her spirit.
Jan: 6- I'm optomistic because nobody was injured,
the house was not touched.
15- there is always a brightside there is always a
brightside it could be worse
Her block lost power around this morning .
which is about the same time the La Crosse fire department
got it's wake up call.
Fire: we had poweroutages on the north side including
our northside fire station and shortly after we received
calls to the county b area 123: we had every crew
in the city responding
Some down power lines even caused a few fires.
Fire: we were told we had a house fire that was related
to oneo f the down calls - we had a couple calls similar
to that luckilyt the fires were small 5855 and didn't
spread at that time.
Fortunately there was no fire in Jan's yard .
but with all the tress that need to be cleaned up
there could be one soon.
Jan: 14: The wood pile will grow
Reporting in La Crosse Kyle Dimke News 8
While we were at Jan's house today Xcel Energy was
looking at the power line in her backyard and actually
go a truck stuck.
Jan told me she has had 3 inches of rain the past
two days making the ground really soft.
The La Crosse Fire Department says that area of Highway
16 and County B seems to be the hardest hit area in
La Crosse with a few small buildings going down.
They say no injuries have been reported.