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Cleaning up bring friends together in Dodgeville

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 --- 6:19 p.m.

One farm just outside of Dodgeville was one of the many hit hard by the storms.

Taking cover and hoping for the best, Kevin and Robin Shumacher say it felt like a freight train was rolling by.

"We have a home and that's whats important to us."

Not even a loose shingle on their house, but the rest of the farm was a different story.

"That stone wall is 2.5 feet thick and it's just over, and there was a concrete silo on the other side and those, they don't go down," Robin Schumacher says.

Feeling the weight of the storm on their shoulders, the couple soon found out they weren't alone.

"I saw the spot on the radar and I just got a weird feeling and I said that looks like Kevin and Robins house," says friend Jeff Fuller.

The helping hands came out by the dozens, hell or high voltage.

"And then we got to the live power lines," Fuller adds.

With the roads closed and downed lines all over, nothing stopped them from getting to their friends.

"His brother roger came over here with the mule having to go across the field, so he started taxing people back and forth to help us out with chainsaws."

Many taking the day off work, to work even harder.

"Thank God for small town, good people and good friends who just drop everything and come to help," says Schumacher.

Friends say despite spending the day in the heat, it's just what you do for each other.

"They'll bend over backwards to help you so it's common sense to give them a hand when they need it."

They say they don't have an estimate on any of the damage yet, but are just so happy to have friends helping to clean it all up.


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