Governor Walker Tours Storm Damage
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NEW LONDON - Governor Walker toured storm damage in New London today, one day after an EF-2 tornado brought Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church to the ground.
During a press conference, the governor praised the work of emergency crews and volunteers, but said there's still plenty of work to be done.
"I said it was like a weed-whacker came through and trimmed all the beautiful trees that formed the archway there," said Walker of the storm damage. He says he was shocked to see what's left of the church -- the same kind of shock Pastor Bil Sutlief felt the day before.
"I got up here and I just went, 'Oh, Lordy'. It was much more devastating than I had even pictured," said Sutlief.
Thursday, volunteers came from all over to help out. Some said they heard about the clean-up efforts on Facebook.
"We just want to show our kids that you've got to give back to the community. It could have been our house," said volunteer Denise Cummings.
Governor Walker says the state will be "actively engaged" in making sure recovery efforts run smoothly.
"Our hope is, first and foremost, to help with right-of-way clearance, to help with utilities, to make sure power's up - because that's vitally important," he said.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold an outdoor prayer service Thursday night, beginning at 6:30. They'll also be holding an outdoor worship service Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00. The entire community is invited to attend.