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Gas leak evacuees get caught out in cold in Cedar County

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It was a typical day for Doug Koosmann and his girlfriend, Rebecca Stumbo. She was at his house, doing laundry, when they got a call -- they needed to get out.

"We got the call from his parents, and all we were told was that there was some kind of gas pipe that broke and we needed to leave the house immediately," said Stumbo.

They had no idea how long they'd be gone, but figured the pipeline would be fixed in a few hours.

"We didn't really pack anything up (when we) left," said Koosmann.

"Just kind of grabbed the dog and left," said Stumbo.

It was more than 20 hours later by the time they learned it was safe to return. In that time, the temperature dropped.

There was snow on the ground and brutal winds. Stumbo was without her winter clothes.

"They were all in the dryer, so I ended up with his shorts and his sweatshirt and that's about all I had," said Stumbo.

The Koosmann house was one of the two first evacuated after the tractor hit the pipeline in Cedar County.

Later, 11 more houses were evacuated until crews could contain the leak.

According to Cedar County Emergency Management, the actual repairs won't wrap up until Friday. But they say there's no ongoing threat to the people that live in the area.

After a night with Stumbo's parents, the couple returned to their home. His parents spent the night in a hotel.

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