Wis DNR has assigned additional resources for assistance with tree
advice both for forestry and lawn/yard tree issues. See details in Forestry
Residents of the Village of St. Nazianz, there are
official notices regarding building permits and financial assistance, see Community
Residents of Township Liberty, there is an official
notice regarding building permits, please check Community
4:00 PM Due to heavy rains many of the crews
working will be leaving for the weekend, hours for Salvation Army food service
will be restricted and announced Friday.
3:00 PM No residents of any the storm damaged
area should do or allow any digging including stump grinding, mail box posts, or
excavating, without first getting approval through Diggers Hotline at
800-242-8511. Emergency service has been arranged for, there is no charge
to residents for this service. When calling Diggers Hotline, state that
this is for the St. Nazianz wind storm.
9:00 AM Rural Cleanup originally scheduled for May 20 has been
postponed till May 23 due to heavy rains here, see details in Press
Releases and Volunteers.
Below is outdated info, the cleanup has
been rescheduled for May 23, 2000
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
RURAL STORM DAMAGE CLEANUP IN MANITOWOC COUNTY, SATURDAY MAY 20TH, 9:00 AM.
“Rural Storm Damage Cleanup” is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th starting at
9:00 a.m. Those interested in assisting with the cleanup must register
before helping with the cleanup and obtain a permit to be displayed at all
times. Registration will be at the St. Nazianz Firehouse. [webmaster:
Official location at 2:00 PM on Wednesday May 17. As of May 16 4:00 PM the registration
location was still unknown, and was to be announced. Some press releases
improperly listed the location.]
All volunteers should dress with safety in mind wearing heavy full length pants,
sturdy work boots, and heavy leather gloves. Bring a bag lunch and
water. If possible each crew should
have one cell phone for emergencies.
registering the volunteers will form crews and receive instructions. All
volunteers are urged to be extra careful with the sharp steel and debris they
will encounter. Crews will be dispatched and are asked to use their own
transportation to the assigned sections. At those locations there will be
waiting hay racks and farm tractors to move the debris from the fields to the
road right of way where it will be unloaded as required and then picked up later
by Manitowoc County Highway crews.
Land owners with debris in their fields should call either the Manitowoc County
UW-Extension Office at 920-683-4170 or the Manitowoc County Soil & Water
Department at 920-683-4183 to indicate whether they want assistance with
cleanup. Land owners should call by noon on Friday, May 19th or fax or
email the attached form, if assistance
in debris removal is required. Please call one of the numbers listed above
if you have questions.
wishing to volunteer hay wagons are asked to contact the Extension office
Wednesday or Thursday by phone, send the attached form,
or email. Then after assignments are decided, to drop the wagon
at the proper location Friday afternoon or Saturday morning by 9:00 AM.
Please do not bring wagons or tractors to the volunteer registration area.
with questions may call the Manitowoc County UW-Extension Office at 920-683-4170
or the Manitowoc County Soil & Water Department at 920-683-4183 for more
DISASTER HITS HOME
As virtually everyone in Manitowoc County knows by now, May 12th will be a day
that will not soon be forgotten. “Midnight at Noon” was how I heard
one county resident describe the severe storm that hammered much of central
Manitowoc County. St. Nazianz and surrounding areas were pummeled by
strong (100+ mile per hour) winds and hail the size of golf balls or bigger.
In addition to the severe damage in St. Nazianz, Valders and the southern
portion of Manitowoc, the rural areas were also hit hard. A damage
assessment conducted by Jerry Halverson and me indicated approximately 40-50
barns, machine sheds and other out buildings were destroyed. By our
estimation, the vast majority of the damage occurred from a line approximately
1/2 mile south of English Lake Road on the north fringe and extended to Newton
Road on the southern border. Farmsteads and rural non-farm dwellings west
of Range Line Road to Tomkins Road were severely impacted. This area
equates to approximately 25 square miles. The majority of the structural
damage appeared to be within this area.
Crop damage, however, was much more widespread. Damage to alfalfa and
winter wheat was seen from approximately Highway 151 south to Cty Hwy F,
approximately 8-10 miles wide. The damage also extended from St. Nazianz
to Lake Michigan. Alfalfa and wheat fields close to St. Nazianz east to
Range Line Road were “sawed” off about 1-2” above the ground.
Further from the main area of damage, the alfalfa was stripped to a height of
6-8”. The winter wheat that was damaged will be a complete loss.
The first cutting of alfalfa is also a complete loss in much of the storm
ravaged section of the county. Several farmers have indicated that
approximately 100 acres of alfalfa were destroyed on their respective farms.
The value of the first crop loss is estimated at between $100 to $150 per acre.
Many of the farm fields are littered with debris from the buildings that were
destroyed or severely damaged. This debris is an obvious concern to farm
equipment, potentially causing flat tires and mechanical damage. In
addition, debris can also end up in harvested forage and be consumed by dairy
cattle and other livestock. The resulting “hardware” disease can, and
often does, kill cows and heifers. For this reason, it is essential that
this storm debris be removed from the impacted areas.
Questions regarding the cleanup, scheduled for this Saturday, May 20th, should
be directed to the Manitowoc County UW-Extension Office at 920-683-4170 or the
Soil & Water Office at 920-683-4183.