RHINELANDER - Storm damage can be a big problem. After days of heavy rain and severe storms, one man in the Northwoods LITERALLY fell into a big clean-up.
We expect this kind of clean-up after a storm. But one Pelican resident got in deeper than he bargained for today. Dominic Cinfio was checking his property for storm damage this morning.
"I was walking towards the road and I step on this hole and I went down at least a foot, foot and a half ... I didn't know what was going on. I wasn't sure. The more I dug, the deeper it got. Then I realized what was going on, and next thing I know, the hole was at least nine feet by four feet." -9sec, Dominic." says Dominic Cinfio, a Pelican resident.
The ground sank in because we've had more than two inches of rain in three days. Dominic thinks it was an old septic tank since he found brick, metal and wood in the hole. In his forty years at the house, he's never had a storm clean up like this.
"You see this someplace else like Florida, everything like this is happening. I never thought it would happen here. I mean, it just, BOOM ... there I was," says Dominic.
The Cinfio's are getting the hole filled tomorrow. It will cost them about 200 dollars.
Dominic wasn't the only one who had a hard time believing it.
"My husband comes in and says, we have a sinkhole in the front yard and I said we have a what?! He said 'yeah' and I said well how do you know? He says 'I fell in it!' And I thought 'Yeah right!'… I didn't believe him," says Gail Cinfio, Dominic's wife.
Gail was thankful Dominic didn't disappear. But she was also thankful she didn't find the hole.
"I would've screamed ... yeah I would have for sure ... You just don't expect that to happen," said Gail.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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