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Storm clean-up continues for Garrison despite heat

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GARRISON (KWWL) -

Work continues for communities affected by Monday's storms. Those working over the weekend will battle extreme heat.

For many in Garrison, there's no time to break for hot weather.

"There's too much work to be done," said Garrison resident Judy Andrews.

Andrews will continue to pick up the debris from her yard, knowing she still may not have her electricity restored.

"With the generator, we've been putting it back and forth on the air conditioner, the freezer and refrigerator," she said.

Next door to her, the power is back on, and the clean up effort is in full force. Joe Lowry came from Wisconsin to help a friend, and expects to put in many hours in heat indices exceeding 100 degrees.

"We're going to get as much done as we can today, because I don't think the productivity level is going to be as high," he said.

Officials are urging people to be especially careful this weekend, and to not take on more work then they can handle.

"Everybody pace themselves, slow down a little bit, realize it's going to be hot and humid [and] drink plenty of water," Scott Hansen, Benton County Emergency Management coordinator, said.

The American Red Cross will be out to help keep people hydrated, delivering water and food through the weekend.

For those still without power, the shelter remains open at Tilford Elementary School in Vinton

The Department of Transportation currently has five trucks hauling debris away. 

Senator Chuck Grassley toured the area on Friday. Those living in Garrison are hoping this will help them get more federal funding.

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