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3 Years Pass Since Merrill Tornado, Effects Still Linger

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Thursday marks three years since a tornado ripped through parts of Merrill destroying homes and damaging businesses.

It's been a long road back for those who's lives were shattered by it.

We met the the Wunsch family in the days following the tornado. Today, they tell us there is still work to be done.

"We are finishing up some things. Some of the inside stuff we're still redoing. We finally got our deck on last summer. We did a little bit of landscaping, but it's taken a while for the grass to come in. It's pretty muddy in the spring. It's coming along, Explains Jessica Wunsch.

The Wunsch's young son, Sergei recalls the event. “I felt scared. My legs were shaking and my eyes were popped." He says he still remembers the time when he had to hide behind this couch as he and his family braced for a tornado.

"I think we talk about it a lot throughout the year as this time of year approaches that kind of stuff. The neighborhood still look so different. It doesn't quite feel like when we moved in but, I guess family makes your house your home right,'” Said his mother Jessica.

Forty homes and eight businesses were destroyed or badly damaged in Merrill that day. Countless trees that were also downed. Damage estimates reached $44 million.

The family says they're more prepared if something like this would ever happen again.

“We have a weather radio on all the time now,” Said Jessica.

Below is information on the tornadoes that touched down in our viewing area.

Armstrong Creek
Forest County
EF1 – 8:03 -8:08 p.m

Argonne
Forest County
EF2 - 7:31-7:46 p.m.

Merrill
Lincoln County
EF3 - 6:13 - 6:41 p.m

Lake Poyan Area
Waushara County
EF1 - 7:53 -8:07 p.m.

Fremont Area
Waushara and Waupaca County
EF1 - 7:20 p.m.

Hancock
Adams County
EF1

Cottonville and Arkdale
Adams County
EF2 6:12 - 6:30 p.m

Necedah
Juneau County
EF1 6:14 p.m.


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