"Neighbors helping neighbors;" Kimberly residents clean up after tornado hits
KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- The National Weather Service confirming at least ten tornadoes touched down in our area yesterday.
One even left a six mile long trail from Fox Crossing to Appleton and then to Kimberly.
Residents throughout the Fox Valley continued their clean-up process Thursday.
One day after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Kimberly, residents are hard at work cleaning up what the twister damaged.
Suzanne Matula's home is covered in trees and power lines.
Matula says she saw the damage as it was happening, and it was scary.
"I looked out the window, and I saw debris swirling in the air, and decided I needed to head to the basement," Matula said. "Before I got there, I could hear the trees going and the power went."
Her part of the neighborhood was still without power as of Thursday afternoon.
Crews were working all over Kimberly and other parts of the Fox Valley to get everything back to normal.
Michael Lambie with the Fox Valley Metro Police Dept. said, "There are still some downed power lines especially in the Kimberly area. The biggest thing we can ask is stay off of those closed streets if you see barricades, if you see caution tape, it's probably there for a reason."
While the clean-up is expected to take several days, neighbors and officials say the community coming together has been crucial.
Lambie said, "We're really thankful for our citizens. It was definitely a cool scene to see everyone after those storms helping out neighbors, bringing property back to their homes, or just checking on their neighbors."
Matula said. "Everybody pitches in, goes over and does what they can to take care of things."
Those helping hands, making a big difference.
"It's been all hands on deck, and I have a feeling it's going to be that way for a few days," Matula said.
One person was reportedly injured in the Valley.
Authorities say a man was hit with flying debris from a roof that came off of a car wash.
He was taken to the hospital Wednesday, but authorities could not confirm his condition Thursday.