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Power outage sparks business boom in Dysart


It started early Monday morning, and the noise hasn't let up since.

"Sounded like a freight train came through yesterday morning," recalled Dysart resident Travis Kline. "Next thing you know you heard saws and trucks coming out of nowhere."

Not to mention, the low rumble of families trying to keep the lights on, when the power lines are down. Just about every other home is using generators to power refrigerators, fans, and lights.

"All the new poles they put in the '07 ice storm, they're all gone. And transformers, parts of barns. Everything else on that side of town. I don't know when they're talking, so I'm getting gas," said Kline.

Kline is in good company.

"We're wall-to-wall people," said Dorothy Scott, an employee at John's Qwik Stop in Dysart.

Trucks lined up at John's, the only gas station in town, to stock up on gasoline. They need fuel to power generators, chain saws, and to run trucks of debris out of town. John's is depending on a generator of its own, and extra deliveries of gasoline, to keep up with the demand.

"They take care of us. They know what we have, they brought in a load, we're good," said Scott.

Clean up will no doubt take a lot of time, and a lot more fuel. But Kline is remaining optimistic.

"It's a mess. But small town, everybody comes together," Kline added.

Dysart is located in Tama County. It's one of two counties that Gov. Terry Branstad has declared a disaster area, making it eligible for state aid.

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