Thousands of Wisconsinites remain without power following storms, tornadoes

Wisconsin Emergency Management says it continues to monitor and support power restoration and debris removal operations around the state. Last week, storms produced at least 16 tornadoes and straight-line winds in multiple counties.

Fewer than 3,000 Wisconsin Public Service and Dairyland Power cooperative utility customers remain without power, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.

Local emergency operation centers are open in Barron, Langlade and Polk counties.

Several counties, including Vernon County, have declared states of emergency in response to the storm damage. Several communities have issued local disaster declarations.

Residents are asked to call 211 to report damage on private property. People can call 211 for information on volunteer assistance that may be available in their area.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns property owners to be on the lookout for traveling contractors, who may try to take advantage of the situation. People are urged to seek trusted contractors for repairs.

Affected property owners are reminded to document any damage and should not make repairs until they have talked to their insurance agent.

Authorities estimate the public sector costs for the storm are about $2.3 million. These numbers are expected to fluctuate as cleanup and assessment efforts continue. Most of the costs are for emergency protective measures and debris removal.

State agencies including the Wisconsin National Guard, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Corrections are assisting with the cleanup efforts.

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