Gov. Tony Evers and Kaukauna Mayor Tony Penterman in the city's emergency operations center following Tuesday's storm. Photo courtesy Rep. Joy Goeben's office.

KAUKAUNA — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was in Kaukauna Wednesday to speak with community officials and tour the hardest hit areas from Tuesday night’s storm.

The thunderstorm ripped through Kaukauna about 9 p.m., and left more than 50 people displaced, thousands without power and trees down throughout the city.


Evers arrived about 3:30 p.m. to the emergency operations center that had been set up at the fire department, according to Mayor Tony Penterman.

Then Evers visited the Round House Manor apartment complex which suffered major damage to its roof, displacing roughly 50 residents.

Outagamie County’s Community Emergency Response Teamwas onscene at Kaukauna High School last night to set up sheltering for Round House residents until the Red Cross could assemble a team.

Red Cross took over at 1:46 am. CERT volunteers were back in Kaukauna at 8:30 a.m. to begin damage assessment.

Teams finished around 2:30 p.m.

Portions of the roof blew off Roundhouse Manor. Photo by Carrie Forster/Kaukauna Community News

Penterman said they then toured other parts of the city, where Evers talked with residents hard hit by the storm.

State Rep. Joy Goeben also was at the emergency operations center and thanked local communities for their help in the response.

Dr. Kristin Lyerly, a Kaukauna native currently running for Congress, praised the efforts of the community during a campaign event Wednesday evening.

“Seeing my hometown neighbors sharing their resources and assisting in cleanup efforts to restore their community and banding together is what we are known to do in northeast Wisconsin, and I’m heartened by our continued support of one another,” she said.

No injuries were reported in Kaukauna.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.