Storm Team 4
Heavy damage in Beloit after storms
BELOIT - The City of Beloit endured trees blocking roads, fires and thousands of people without power after a series of storms rocked their city on Tuesday morning.
"We had a lot of trees down, wires down. We had about 7,000 people without power," Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jon Byman.
"We at one time had about 35 calls for response for wires down and trees on fire, trees across the roadway, patients that require oxygen who were without power."
As of 3 p.m., 1,262 customers were without power.
Roads were closed, especially in residential neighborhoods on the west side.
According to a news release from Tuesday afternoon, "Several roads are still closed to through traffic due to either a downed power line, or significant debris."
Chief Liggett explained that he was hoping for roads closed by fallen trees to be re-opened within 24 hours after crews saw the trunks up to remove them.
"It's a pretty severe storm. The last time I remember a storm like this was in August of 2003," said Liggett.
Alliant Energy said about 12,000 customers had lost power due to the storms in that area.
Emergency crews responded to 220 emergency calls within six hours.