Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

BREAKING - Bay cleaning up after storm

by Lisa Seiser

August 04, 2011

Williams Bay - Property owners along the shores of Lake Como still are finishing their cleanup after high winds caused house and tree damage about two weeks ago. After Tuesday night's storms that rolled through the area, it's Williams Bay that now has its own work to do.

Damage in the village was evident early Wednesday afternoon, especially along the lakefront and in the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.

Two large trees along the east end of the lakefront were knocked down by the destructive wind. One tree appeared to be shaved in half by the wind.

Village Administrator Bob Carlson said Wednesday afternoon the village will have to hire an outside contractor to deal with the volume of downed trees on village property.

"We lost a few nice trees," Carlson said.

But, it was KNC that seemed to receive the brunt of the storm with dozens of trees down. The most apparent, a line of trees along the east side of Southwick Creek were uprooted along at least a three-block section.

It is unknown for sure, but some who saw the damage said a microburst hit the conservancy.

According to About.com, "a downburst is defined as a strong downdraft with an outrush of damaging winds on or near the ground. If the swath is less than 2.5 miles, it is called a microburst. Microbursts are quick-hitting events."

As of Wednesday at about 1 p.m., the cleanup in those areas had not officially started.

In other municipalities around the area, electricity was out, including the north side of the city of Lake Geneva, which was without power for about three hours Tuesday night. As of Wednesday, a part of Williams Bay was without phone service.

See more information about the destruction and cleanup in next week's Regional News.