Storm damages Freedom area bar, several houses

People ducked for cover as the storm roared through, tearing the roof off a bar with people inside
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 7:27 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 7:28 PM CDT
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TOWN OF FREEDOM, Wis. (WBAY) - The storm Wednesday damaged a bar and several house in the Town of Freedom.

On Thursday people were cleaning up, but the process is far from over.

The worst area was near the intersection of county highways S and C in Outagamie County. After surveying the damage, Dave Brown, who has a house on the corner, can’t even count how many trees he lost.

“The power of that storm was just incredible,” he said.

Brown remembers having just seconds to react when the storm Wednesday reached his property.

“I heard this what I thought was a siren -- but it really wasn’t a siren, it was a freight train noise -- and then I ran into the garage to close the garage door and I thought yeah, I got to get out of the garage, this is not a good place to be. So I head into the house and heard the snapping, crackling and everything just giving way,” Brown said.

Across the street, Tom Murphy lost a tree that ended up on his house. He needed a backhoe to remove it.

In the backyard he found pieces from a nearby barn.

“We’re lucky here. Over there, they lost a shed, and then up on the road there, they lost a shed too,” said Murphy.

On the highway, power lines were down and trees blocked drivers from getting through.

Many residents were bracing for what they expect will be an extended power outage, lasting days. Murphy added, “Them wires don’t look good, so we’re staying away from the wires.”

A bar on the corner, Murphy’s Skunk Hill, also lost its roof and sustained water damage from the storm. We’re told people were inside during the storm. Thankfully no one was injured.

One of the owners, Ken Murphy, told us the inside is a mess.

“My grandfather built this bar, me and my cousin own this bar, so it’s part of our history. So hopefully we can salvage it,” Ken Murphy said.

It’s unclear how long the bar will remain closed.

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