Community Unites In Storm Clean-Up

By KBJR News 1

July 5, 2011 Updated Jul 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM CST

Solon Springs, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Neighbors are reaching out their hands to help those who lost the most in Friday's devastating storms.

It's the beginning of a long clean up process for Roger Ringelstetter and his wife.

Insurance agents told Ringelstter they have never seen anything like this.

But it's this damage that has brought neighbors out to lend a hand.

"Guys coming out here and help me with these trees so we can get in and out . The guys from the village and the guys from the town and the first responders and everybody else have sure done a hell of a job," said Ringelstetter.

It's a coming together of sorts Robert Callery says he saw as soon as the skies calmed on Friday.

"It's unbelievable how many people have saws and are out there cleaning up for every body else sort of a community effort all around," said Callery.

But for Callery-and others helping and being helped-that comes with living in a small town.

"Everybody has been pulling together, and that is what you get when you live in a small community. That's why we live here," said Callery.

Those in the storm-ravaged area say clean up efforts will go full speed this week following the holiday weekend.