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Clean up continues after ice storm hits western Iowa


Governor Terry Branstad has declared disaster emergencies in ten northwest Iowa counties after a recent bout of severe weather.

Counties like Dickinson, Sioux, and Palo Alto were hit with a ice, snow and rain.

The proclamation allows the state to utilize resources to remove debris and wreckage in the area.

One of the cities hit hard by icy conditions was Larchwood, officials say it could take days to restore power in the community.

Ice and high winds snapped power lines in Lyon County like toothpicks, putting Larchwood residents in the dark for days.

"Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m., it went out. Nothing there. Just never came back on," said Lyon County resident Mike Metzger.

Modern conveniences are gone for many... including heat.

"It's 50 degrees in my house. I don't have any electronics, or TV, or cell phone, or computer," said Lyon County resident Deb Ripperda.

L & O power says about 14 miles of their transmission line was torn down, cutting a vital vein of energy that feeds the town of 860.

Crews are working as fast as they can to get power restored, but it still could be a while.

Utility crews estimate folks may be waiting until Saturday. They say it all depends on the weather.

"This is all up to mother nature. If we continue to have the events that we're having, anything could happen," said Lyon rural electric cooperative general manager Ross Loomans.

The city says they have supplies at the community center for those who need them.

Fire fighters are also going door to door to check up on people in the city.



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