As Community Begins Cleanup, Yet Another Round of Storms Hits Area - Power Outages Challenge Cleanup

 ODANAH, WI - Just as the people of Bad River have begun to heal from last week's devastating floods, yet another round of severe thunderstorms knocked power out to nearly 65,000 area residents earlier this morning.

A line of thunderstorms moved through the Bad River, Ashland and Bayfield area early Thursday morning, July 21, toppling trees and downing power lines. It is being reported that although the energy companies are working to restore power as quickly as possible, customers of Bayfield Electric are being advised to prepare to go up to four days without power.

Despite the latest blow, residents remain optimistic and in good spirits.

With temperatures expected to reach the high 80's today and into the 90's tomorrow, people are reminded to pay special attention to elders, young children and those with special medical or health needs.

Tribe Grateful for Support

The Bad River Tribe extends heartfelt gratitude to all of the tribes, groups, individuals and organizations that have donated time and energy in helping the Bad River community cope and heal from this natural disaster.

Our community was hard hit and although many are recovering from flood damage to their homes and property, we are pleased to report no loss of life or injury as a result of the storms and flooding. 

The Bad River community wishes to offer our sincerest condolences to the surrounding communities for their losses and hopes the Creator blesses the afflicted families with peace and comfort in this time of grief.

We will continue to work to restore essential services and a level of normalcy to the residents of our community.

We appreciate the help extended by the outside world and hope soon to return to our everyday activities.

You can keep up to date on all the latest developments by clicking here to follow the Bad River Flood Relief Page. Make sure to like the page and the Tribe's official Facebook Page by clicking here to visit.  Or contact the Command Post at (715) 685-7859.

Chii miigwech (Big thank you)!