September 21, 2017 07:41 AM
The storm damage in Melrose was obvious Wednesday.
Felled splintered or uprooted trees were scattered throughout the area. South of Interstate 94, the less than a shell of an auto body shop across from a Casey's gas station remains standing. Three of the structure's walls and its roof lie scattered on the ground as if they were haphazardly staged for construction.
"Yeah, that's the roof," owner Joe Arceneau said. "It cleared 200 feet of road and it is 200 feet on the other side of the road."
Friends and family came over to help Arceneau clean up.
"It's about as bad as it can happen," he said. "It was literally just finished -- everything is new. We were going to move into it this week and then the storm comes through."
In a neighborhood a half mile south, many residents could be seen in yards picking up branches or examining damage from a fallen tree.
Emily Rademacher and a number of family members were some of those residents cleaning up. Rademacher said the storm hit there about 1 a.m.
"It was a lot of wind and rain all of a sudden," she said. "It felt like it was going to rip the siding off the house."
Rademacher said the storm was so fierce she ran to her husband Adam, and the entire family went to the basement. When they came up early Wednesday, the damage to the home was apparent.
"We have some structural damage to our house, obviously. Possibly some of the rafters are broken. We definitely have water damage," she said.
Across the street from the Rademacher home is the Meadowlark Country Club, which appeared to take a direct hit.
A building to the north was without a roof Wednesday. Nearby boats were tipped over like toys.
Melrose Police Chief Craig Maus said the bulk of the damage in Melrose occurred south of 94.
"There's a little bit of damage by trees up by the high school," Maus said. "There's maybe one or two residents up there that lost some trees but like I said, most of it was down by the south side of the interstate."
Updated: September 21, 2017 07:41 AM
Created: September 20, 2017 04:27 PM
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