Silver Cliff tornado confirmed; damage estimated at $3 million to $5 million

The storm destroyed the town’s public safety building and damaged the other eight municipal buildings
The storm destroyed the town's public safety building and damaged the other eight municipal buildings.
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 7:33 PM CDT
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SILVER CLIFF, Wis. (WBAY) - The town of Silver Cliff in Marinette County sustained a significant hit from the storm Wednesday. Town Chair Bruce Webber estimates the damage at $3 million to $5 million and says it could be a year before they’re back to normal.

The National Weather Service confirmed it was a tornado that hit four miles north-northwest of the Caldron Falls Reservoir. The NWS says it touched down at 6:34 P.M., based on radar. The tornado’s magnitude has not been determined.

All nine municipal buildings were damaged, two significantly. The public safety building was destroyed. Two of the town’s fire trucks are out of commission after sustaining damage.

“This back here was one of the bigger ones. This was a 60- by 110-foot building, 35 feet high. It’s just totally collapsed and blown away. We have a lot of damage. You can see town trucks in there. The trucks are destroyed for the most part,” Webber showed us.

Webber says most of the town’s major damage happened in just 10 minutes. He saw tree branches twisted, windshields broken, buildings leveled, roofs ripped from structures.

There were no reported injuries from the storm. Still, Webber says they had a lot of people call town hall saying they were trapped in their cabins and needed help getting out.

There’s an all-hands effort to clear debris in and around Silver Cliff.

Silver Cliff Fire Department damaged in June 15 storm.
Silver Cliff Fire Department damaged in June 15 storm.(Bob Schuchardt)

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