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Cleanup efforts continue in Pepin County after Tuesday's storm


Arkansaw (WQOW) - From toppled RV's to ripped off roofs many area residents and businesses spent most of today recovering their belongings.

James Keeler of Durand is digging through his storage unit to see what mother nature left untouched. "I have a lot of old collectibles and some nice furniture in here."

Tuesday's storm ripped through Arkansaw, Wisconsin, taking the roof off one building of Durand Mini Storage and leaving 25 storage units open to the elements. Steve Johnson, who also rents from the storage business, said most of his belongings were destroyed from the rain. "The water, just destroyed it. Everything is rotten. I got a lot of speakers in there that are completely rotten and ripped to the core."

Across the street, Dick's RV is also dealing with damage to a dozen of its vehicles. Mark Doughty, co-owner of the shop, said luckily the business has insurance to help recover what was ruined. "Two or three of them were tipped over on their sides. One (RV) was knocked into the power pole, knocked the transformer off,” Doughty said. "It's a dozen campers out of a hundred that were out on the lot. So, we'll get them fixed or totaled out and move on."

But, for others, sifting through their belongings is their only option. "I actually don't have renter's insurance. So, I'm kind of lost on that one."

The National Weather Service has confirmed wind speeds in Pepin County topped 70 miles per hour Tuesday night.

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