STORM DAMAGE: Power Still Out

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Hundreds of people are still without power or heat this weekend in northwest Iowa.

The area was hit with a spring snow and ice storm earlier this week. The wintry mix brought down tree limbs and power lines.

Saturday night, more than 500 customers were still without power in Lyon and Osceola counties in the northwest corner of the state.

They are two of ten counties that were declared disaster areas by Governor Branstad Friday.

Crews have been working to clean up after the storm that caused about $5-million in damage.

“It just takes time to get the materials here, to get the crews here and above all, we try to do this as safely as for the crew and the general public,” said Ross Loomans, General Manager for Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative.

Crews plan to work around the clock to get power restored to all residents by Sunday.

State and federal officials hope to begin a preliminary damage assessment across northwest Iowa by Tuesday.

They will then make a decision on whether to go for federal assistance by the end of next week depending on how much damage they find.