Trees snapped like toothpicks were festooned with pink insulation. Power lines lay across roads littered with shards of glass and splintered boards. The volunteer fire department's building was gone - along with one of its trucks.
Chain saws buzzed nearly nonstop Sunday as residents and volunteers cleared downed trees and picked their way through the rubble left by tornadoes that ripped through the state, killing four people and injuring more than 40.Big Flats - a wooded area of potato farms and vacation houses - suffered the worst damage Saturday. A tornado gouged a 13-mile-long swath through the landscape and turned this small central Wisconsin town's main street into a tangle of metal, lumber and trees.
The tornado killed a couple whose bodies were found in the wreckage of their home. Twenty-two people were injured and two remained hospitalized.