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Walker tours La Crosse area storm damage


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker joined local and state leaders assessing the aftermath of the storms that hit the La Crosse area this past weekend.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland accompanied the governor on a tour of the French Island and north side.

Their trek began at the airport industrial park where a Sara Lee Bakery warehouse had parts of the building blown off in the storm.

It continued through north side neighborhoods to see the numerous wind-downed trees lying in the street or on homes and buildings.

Ida Luhman lives on Gould Street, the tree in her front yard was up-rooted and fell on her car and her neighbors house. People were in the house when the tree fell, but they were not injured. Luhman said "We were on the second floor of our house and he [my husband] walked out on the deck and said it's the tree...and I said okay whatever...but I walked out on the deck and said oh my goodness it's the tree." Luhman said the house is at least 175 years old.

Governor Walker also talked to north side residents affected by the storm. Alicia Henderson lives in an apartment on Logan Street. Her car was parked in front of the building Saturday night, but by the end of the night it was covered in bricks.  "My initial reaction of course was to let out a scream because I of course didn't know what to do," said Henderson.

Governor Walker said while the damage can be disastrous for the person it happens to, "Everything else can be replaced, human life obviously can't."

At this point, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Emergency Management said they have not had any requests yet for assistance.

Besides the damage from the storms, Governor Walker said that officials are keeping a close eye on the Mississippi River and the potential for additional flooding.


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker plans to tour several areas of the city to view weekend storm damage.

Walker begins his tour at the industrial park by the airport where buildings had siding and roof ripped off from the heavy winds Saturday night.

He'll then tour several locations on the north side of La Crosse on Logan, Monitor, and Gould Streets where trees tore down power lines and fell on homes.

WXOW will have a crew along with the governor during his visit to La Crosse and will have updates throughout the day here on WXOW.com.

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