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Storm recovery efforts continue amidst hot, soggy conditions

(STEVENS POINT) Clean up continues in the city of Stevens Point following powerful thunderstorms Tuesday night, with work crews hindered by near 100 degree heat.

(STEVENS POINT) Clean up continues in the city of Stevens Point following powerful thunderstorms Tuesday night, with work crews hindered by near 100 degree heat.

The storms knocked out power to 12,000 Stevens Point homes, flooded underpasses and brought down trees all across the city. Justin Olson was in his basement when it hit.

"Lots of lightning, lots of sirens, water leaking in the house," recalls Olson. "Pretty crazy, looking outside and seeing the tree against your house."

Now Olson is cleaning up the mess on the hottest day of the year.

Kerri Bell is working up a sweat delivering newspapers, trying to figure out how to come up with enough money to pay for her own clean up.

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"A whole tree fell down on the front half of my house. I've got another tree down in the front half of my property and one down in my backyard."

Two blocks away, Steve Michelson of Amherst, revs up his chain in the blistering sun, with the temperature already above ninety degrees.

"Unbelievable. I can't believe it wasn't a tornado looking at all the big trees that are down. It's about the worst you can get but you gotta do what you gotta do. Take a lot of breaks, drink a lot of water."

Dave Illingworth of Wausau is a contractor working for Charter Communications. He and his coworkers look at the uprooted trees on the Union Cemetery grounds. A big electrical transformer dangles ten feet off the sidewalk on a snapped off utility pole.

"We got ice and Gatorade and bottles of water with us to try to keep us hydrated," says Illingworth. "I don't know what else you can do. A couple of guys got air conditioners in their trucks but you try not to get too used to that."

For these workers, the almost 100 degree heat and humidity has proven to be as much of problem as the damage caused by the storms.

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