At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the Richland County 911 Communications Center received a call of a power wire down across State Hwy. 60 near County Hwy. W in Richwood Township.
As a deputy responded, calls began to come in of damage to trees, homes and farms throughout that area.
A call was put out to the Blue River Fire Department and they responded to assist with traffic control, road clearing and damage assessment.
When deputies arrived, it was discovered that a wind event had occurred as part of the storms passing through the area at the time. Several trees were down on power lines along County Hwy. F and County Hwy. W. Portions of roofs were torn from homes and silos, and a machine shed was completely destroyed and scattered over the course of approximately a mile near the intersection of County Hwy. M and County Hwy. F. A hay wagon had been overturned and road signs were snapped off at ground level. A call was put out for assistance from both Richland Electric Cooperative and Alliant Energy and both agencies quickly responded and began the task of restoring power.
Deputies photographed portions of the most severely damaged area and spoke with property owners. The information gathered was passed on to Richland County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse. No ruling has been received from the National Weather Service about the storm, and no estimate of damage has been announced.
Richland County Sheriff James Bindl would like to thank all who responded to assist in this event.