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Clean up efforts continue in Appleton following storms


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in Appleton continued to clean up from Friday's major storm that rolled through the area.

Tree limbs were littered across many streets, while power remained out for thousands of We Energies' customers.

Tina Hoffman tried to fit a rummage sale into the middle of it all.

“I almost didn't have it because of being blocked in from trees down everywhere, but my husband talked me into it,” Hoffman told FOX 11. “We’ve actually had a few people come. They’ve managed the obstacles and made it here surprisingly.”

Not only is Hoffman not making the sales she had hoped, but she also isn't hearing what she'd like about her power possibly being turned back on after Friday's powerful storms.

“I think we probably did have more power restored than we were first anticipating, so that's a good thing,” Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna told FOX 11.

Progress is being made with some, but others still expect to be without power until late Sunday or early Monday.

Hanna says the storm was the most powerful Appleton has seen likely since 2001.

“We're lucky that there were no injuries, no fatalities,” said Hanna. “We do have significant damage.”

Volunteers went door to door on Saturday, advising people without electricity on issues such as food, generators and power line safety.

City and county leaders say the holiday weekend hasn't provided any major hurdles to cleanup efforts. They say as long as all streets are passable, crews will take Monday off and get back to work Tuesday.