Utility, forestry crews cleaning up tree damage from wind

More than 3700 people lost power around Wisconsin
Utility, forestry crews cleaning up tree damage from wind

High winds have created plenty of problems for utility crews and forestry teams around southern Wisconsin Wednesday.

More than 3,700 customers for Alliant Energy have lost power around in Wisconsin, according to their website.

Madison Gas and Electric has seen less customers without power. However, around 100 customers lost power when a tree fell on a power line near Lafollette High School around noon Wednesday.

A Madison police car also had to be towed away after a tree limb fell on it as it was going south on Maple Grove Road around noon Wednesday. The tree branch smashed the front window, making the squad car impossible to drive.

Madison city forestry crews have also been busy. A tree fell across Raymond Road on the city’s southwest side, closing traffic for several hours Wednesday morning.

However, Bryan Johnson with the Madison Streets Department said they are seeing less damage than expected, in part, because there are no leaves on the trees. He said the wind is going through most of the trees, instead of applying pressure on the trees.