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Storms leave behind damage for La Crosse area residents

Storms leave behind damage for La Crosse area residents

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The damage done by Saturday night's sudden storms is making for a hard reality for many families in La Crosse.

Kat Hardie's north side home bore the brunt of the storm's strong winds - most of the trees in her yard were downed, and at least one fell and hit her roof, leaving several holes in it. 

"We're just at a loss, we're just still in shock I think," she says. 

Kat and her husband were on a weekend vacation when the storms swept through the La Crosse area, but a phone call from her sister sent the couple rushing back home to survey the damage.

"I wanted to cry," Kat said. "We loved all of our big trees in our yard, and our yard was always nice and shady, and the kids loved being able to play there."

The place she and her family put down roots was ripped up in just a matter of minutes Saturday night, along with other neighborhoods in La Crosse. The city's fire department says it responded to at least 50 calls of downed trees and power lines through the night. They were still responding Sunday morning.

Kat stepped through her barely recognizable lawn, telling News 8 she's still in disbelief that what used to be is now gone - a changed landscape her family has come home to.

"I know there's a lot of work that needs to be done, but we don't know where to start, or what to even do first," she said.

Kat said she does have homeowner's insurance and is hoping for help through that. Amazingly, her home did not lose power, despite downed lines crisscrossing her neighborhood.

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