Picking Up the Pieces

By: Justin Williams
By: Justin Williams

Residents in Stoughton were literally in the dark during the time that the tornados blew through the area.

"This is my first look at what's happened in daylight and it's, it's just devastating." As one Pleasant Springs resident receives consolation from a Dane county Sheriff's Deputy. Stoughton Mayor Helen Johnson surveys the scene.

"Oh, just disaster! It's just a disaster zone. I, you know, you look at a car that's just thrown up on, it's unbelievable. The winds out here must have been terrible. How frightening."

Riley Cowan lives less than one mile away.

"I'm thinkin' that we got it pretty good, compared to these guys. Cuz all we got is a coupla trees down 'n' branches broken, but these guys whole houses are wrecked."

"The area has experienced severe storms in the past, the Barneveld tornado of a number of years ago that completely destroyed the village of Barneveld is, was obviously a very powerful storm, but this is...this is as powerful a storm as I've seen," says Dane County Sheriff Gary Hamblin.


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