Storms cause damage, knock out power

Thunderstorms move through area Wednesday
Storms cause damage, knock out power

After weeks without rain, thunderstorms blew through parts of southern Wisconsin on Wednesday, knocking over power lines and causing flooding in some areas.

A downpour on Madison’s far west side, along with strong winds, snapped tree limbs and knocked down some power lines, leaving customers without power.

All that rain had nowhere to go, causing flooding in roadways. University Avenue on Madison’s near west side was hit hard with flooding, and authorities temporarily closed a part of University Avenue on Wednesday night until the water receded.

Fire crews were called out to University Avenue and Shorewood Boulevard for a water rescue when people got stuck in their car because of high water.

Crews also had to put manhole covers back into place when high waters made them move.

Utility crews have been out trying to restore power. According to Madison Gas and Electric, 550 customers were without power Wednesday night.

Alliant Energy said it had about 2,000 customers in Dane, Jefferson, Columbia, Sauk, Juneau and Adams counties without power.

In Rock County, dispatchers said they received about 40 calls reporting trees coming down and power lines on the ground. Calls came in from across the county, but many were from Orfordville, which is where trained weather spotters found significant hail damage to a farmhouse with large holes in the roof.

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And in Sauk City, crews will be busy Thursday morning cleaning up damage from the storms. An Ace Hardware store in Sauk City sustained damage Wednesday night.

“Thankfully, we don’t think we have any serious injuries,” owner Bob Lochner said. “We had all our customers take shelter in the lower level.

Lochner said one woman was running from her car into the store and fell. She had to be checked out at the local hospital, he said.

The storm tipped over a large air conditioning unit in the Ace Hardware parking lot, while a greenhouse flew into the woods behind the store.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage. 

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