Driving through neighborhoods in Stevens Point, trees still line the streets and yards are cluttered with debris. But residents say the community is coming together to help each other with cleanup.
"Everybody's helping everybody as far as I know if they've got time they're going to help their neighbors and that's the way a community should be," says Darrel Below, Stevens Point resident.
The city has opened two yard waste drop off sites so people can get rid of unwanted tree brush and debris. And there's already a huge pile at each place.. and a steady stream of cars coming in.
Below, who dropped off a trailer completely full of branches, says just a few downed trees can cause a big mess.
"That was three large blue spruce, 35-40 ft high those had to be taken down there was other trees that had to be taken down," Below says.
He says the storm caused power to go out in his neighborhood for more than 18 hours. But he appreciates Wisconsin Public Service crews' efforts to restore power, as quickly as they could.
The city has also set up a dumpster to collect any items damaged from flooding. But streets crews ask that only flood damaged things be discarded there.
People can drop off yard waste at the city's garage on 6th Avenue or at a site on Mason Street.
Portage County's executive has declared a state of emergency after the storms, which means municipalities will be allowed to apply for state aid if they meet requirements.
Click hereto view frequently asked questions about the recent storm and cleanup from the city of Stevens Point's website.
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