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Rainy weather makes storm cleanup challenging
POST LAKE - Widespread rain storms this week will affect many people's outdoor plans.

But for some outdoor workers, the impact will be much greater.

Parts of Langlade and Oneida Counties are still dealing with the aftermath of the massive storm that downed hundreds of trees in July.

For local loggers and timber harvesters, there's lots of cleanup left do be done.

Timber harvester Dennis Schoeneck says the rain slows everything down.

"They're predicting between three and five inches this week," said Schoeneck. "This time of year the grass doesn't grow, the trees aren't pulling, the water don't dissipate like it did a month and a half ago. It's a struggle."

These workers won't be able to operate their machines if it gets too muddy.

This shortens their already narrow time-frame to salvage and move as much wood as possible.

"For the timber that's blown over now, we pretty much have to hurry up and get it cut before it snows or its going to be basically impossible to cut," said timber harvester Grant Zelazoski.

Workers will harvest as much wood as they can before the winter arrives.

Schoenick said any damaged trees that aren't harvested by May will likely go to waste.

Story By: Peter Dubois

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