Alden Clearing Many Downed Trees

Created: 06/18/2014 6:50 PM
By: Dan Conradt

By mid day, the sun had come out and there was a light breeze blowing through the town of Alden. But Wednesday was a day of clean up.

A thunderstorm packing strong winds and heavy rain downed power lines and tree branches around the city early Wednesday.

And volunteers spent much of the day helping with clean-up at Kevin Schewe's Lakeside Auto.

"Heavy, heavy wind, maybe in excess of a hundred miles an hour pulled the roof right off the shop at about 3:30 this morning, laid it on highway 109 in the middle of the road," Kevin Schewe explained.

Other than some water, Schewe said the inside of his shop was undamaged.

Crews from Alliant Energy also worked to restore power after the storm tore down trees and snapped a power pole across the street from Alden Conger High School.

And while Alden city council member Kevin Schewe was cleaning up the damage at his business, there was more damage waiting at his home … downed trees and a caved-in garage door.

There were no injuries reported from the storm that rolled through the Alden area.

“Volunteers just showed up to help,” Kevin Schewe told us. “Small towns are the best place to live in America.”

Photo: ABC 6 News