STORM CLEANUP: Downed Trees, Power Lines

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Thursday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms caused damage to homes, businesses, and the electrical infrastructure.

The storm’s strong winds, in the 70 mile per hour range, toppled utility poles leaving thousands without power. At the peak of the storm more than 40,000 MidAmerican Energy customers, mostly in the Des Moines metro area, didn’t have electricity.

Crews are working to fix downed power lines and get the power restored. As of 1:30 p.m. Friday there were still just under 3,500 MidAmerican customers in the metro without electricity.

Homeowners are also cleaning up after the storm tore down trees, with some landing on cars and homes. Tree crews have been busy with chainsaws clearing the storm debris.

Street flooding was also an issue in some areas as heavy rain came down quickly. Atlantic saw 1.67 inches of rain.

South Prairie Elementary School in Grimes suffered some significant damage to its roof from the storm and people are working on cleaning up the debris around the building. Classes were canceled there Friday.

You can view the pictures of storm damage submitted by our viewers here.

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