Heavy storms cause church, school, cemetery damage
Valley, Oshkosh properties hardest hit by wind, water
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
The storms that tore through northeast Wisconsin June 11, left a
lot of damage, especially in the Waupaca through Fox Valley area.
"We've received a number of calls about damage," said Kevin
Brunner, diocesan director of temporalities on the morning of
Damage reports were sketchy at press time, but included major
roof damage to Xavier High School's Fine Arts Center in Appleton.
According to Brunner, the roof membrane had collapsed into the
building near the stage area. The Fine Arts Center, built at a
cost of $4.3 million was dedicated in September 1998.
Other damage to Catholic properties included flooding in the
buildings of St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton, damage to St.
Mary and St. Peter Parishes in Oshkosh and Ss. Peter and Paul in
Weyauwega, and falling trees causing cemetery damage in Oshkosh
Catholic Cemetery along Highway 110.
"It was like someone had taken a giant rotary lawn mower to the
trees and chopped them off at the top," said diocesan cemetery
director Jon Ruatti, after seeing the Oshkosh damage.
Winds up to 90 mph hit the area, toppling trees and power lines.
Mayors in Oshkosh and Neenah declared states of emergency for
their cities and large parts of Oshkosh remained without power on
Tuesday. Catholic Social Services-Fox Valley remained closed
Tuesday because of a power outage.
Early damage estimates to the entire Winnebago County area ran
into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
More storms were expected through the week.