A tornado touched down east of the village of Elk Mound on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, the National Weather Service has confirmed.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said there was extensive damage along Hwy. 29 on the west side of the town of Wheaton.

A mobile home was overturned and a person inside was taken to an area hospital for injuries. A semi truck driver was also injured when the tornado overturned the truck. 

Power lines were knocked down and assistance was provided to residents with medical devices that required power.

The tornado started in the southwest corner of Chippewa County and traveled 4–5 miles northeast. Around 15 residences had significant damage, 13 residences (including four mobile homes) had major damage or were destroyed. Other outbuildings, barns and sheds were damaged or destroyed, the CCSO said.

Search and rescue crews from the Chippewa Fire District and area departments worked to check on residents through the night. No other injuries were reported. The American Red Cross provided canteen services to responders. 

Volunteers and responders were clearing driveways and helping with debris removal on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The CCSO urged caution around downed power lines and in removing damaged trees. 

In the town of Wheaton, 40th Street, west to the Dunn County line, was restricted to public access on Sept. 25. Any property owners in that area who needed assistance with cleanup were advised to call 211. 

Volunteer cleanup efforts organized

People who wish to volunteer and assist with storm cleanup may do so by reporting to the Wheaton Fire Station between 9–10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. The fire station is located at 3900 38th Street, Elk Mound.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and should wear appropriate clothing. 

Governor to view damage

Gov. Tony Evers was expected to visit the area and view the tornado damage Wednesday afternoon, between 3:30–4 p.m. with a press briefing to follow.

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