THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Storm Damage"The powerful summer storm on Friday, July 19 caused power outages and downed trees in many areas of Marinette and Oconto Counties. In Marinette County areas hardest hit were around Coleman and Pound. Several homes were damaged along with trailers, campers and equipment left outside. As of Wednesday morning, power was still out in several areas.
Leonard Konop, who lives west of Coleman off 27th Road reported over 200 trees were destroyed on his property. Leonard said he and his Maryann, were home watching TV around 9:30 p.m. and had the weather on and heard no tornados were anticipated but severe weather was coming. They didn't pay much attention because they have been involved in severe storms before and with no tornados forecasted the couple went to sleep. A short time later they were awakened by a loud noise that sounded like a freight train and looked out their back window and saw only one tree had been downed. They went back to sleep and woke up the next morning to utter devastation. Over 200 trees had been broken off at the top and twisted and others had been uprooted. Trees were on the roofs of several buildings the Konop's have on their property. The couple couldn't even get down their driveway because of the downed trees. They eventually drove though a corn field to get to the main road.
Leonard said after looking at the devastation," It could have been a lot worse. We were lucky that a year ago we had Frank's Logging do some select cutting on our property most of the trees were planted in 1989, the cleanup will continue, but heavy equipment will be needed to get to most of the areas now where the trees are located it will be a big job". No damage estimate was available. Top Photo: Leonard Konop is pictured looking at the downed trees in his front yard. Bottom Photo: County Hwy. Q in Pound blocked by fallen trees