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Columbus hit hard by storm damage (UPDATE)

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Downed trees and power lines lay among debris Monday following a storm in Columbus. (Rachel Muller/The Daily Citizen via AP)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The city of Columbus has declared a state of emergency after a severe thunderstorm left many streets littered with tree branches and debris.

The strong wind toppled large trees, tearing some off their roots. And it was powerful enough to bend the flagpole outside Columbus High School. The roof collapsed into a pole barn between Columbus and Beaver Dam.

A temporary aid station has been set up at Columbus Middle School. Local fire officials advised against traveling in the city until downed power lines could be cleared. The storms also brought torrential rain to the area, flooding farms and residential yards.

Flash flooding was reported in parts of Dodge and Columbia counties.

We Energies crews made progress Monday in restoring power to more than 30,000 customers in its coverage area.

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