Storm Cleanup Continues Following Severe Weather Overnight

DES MOINES, Iowa – After a bumpy night, Des Moines homeowners got an early start on clean up from the storm.  The sound of sirens was replaced with the buzz of chainsaws in more than a few neighborhoods Tuesday.

High winds downed trees and power lines across the metro.

Dan Kennedy says he woke up to the sirens blaring.  As he and his wife made their way down to the basement, he heard a loud thud.  Then another.

“They were big. It was like something you hadn`t heard before so we knew something was going on,” says Dan Kennedy.

It was the sound of a tree snapping in half outside.  The debris missed his house and the neighbors.  But another home down the street wasn’t as lucky.  A tree split down the middle and fell onto the house.  Neighbors say no one appeared to be home at the time.

“Polk County was the hardest hit throughout the state,” says Abby Bottenfield with MidAmerican Energy.

Windsor Heights and Beaverdale experienced the most power outages overnight and into the day.  During the height of the storm, more than 90,000 MidAmerican customers were without power.  Most of the outages only lasted a few minutes, but nearly a third stayed off the grid for an extended period of time.

“We had crews working around the clock working to restore power as safely and efficiently as possible across the state,” said Bottenfield.

MidAmerican crews are still out fixing downed lines and power poles to get the remaining customers back on line.  They hope that will be complete by midnight tonight.