La Crosse County residents woke up Tuesday morning to a virtually unrecognizable landscape outside their windows following the latest round of summer storms.
West Salem resident Todd Kendhammer spent the day treading through his wet neighborhood. Even in his own backyard, there are some parts he can hardly recognize.
“[The storm] picked up our chairs, tore our patio awning off, uprooted everything at our house,” he ticks off a list of damages done by the storm’s raging winds and rain. Across the street, his neighbor’s home was hit hard, as well.
Across the county, La Crosse residents woke up to the sights and sounds of the storm, too.
“I heard the first one come down,” resident Rick Fuller said as crews cleaned up what was left of a fallen tree. “I did what you're not supposed to do - I went to the window. And that's when the other big one came down and hit the house."
Downed trees and branches littered city sidewalks while crews worked to clean a path throughout the day. County workers say by late afternoon they'd received at least one call for structural damage, and a couple dozen calls on fallen trees and downed power lines.
Despite the mess that spans county lines, crews say the area is lucky this summer story didn't leave more destruction in its wake.