Morning Storms Cause Metro Power Outages, Traffic Issues, Damage

Tree smashes into home at 5901 S. Union during morning storm on Sept. 10, 2019. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Early morning storms Tuesday caused damage to trees, homes, and power lines around the metro.

A power pole came down at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and New York Ave. Police are barricading the area and traffic is being detoured around the intersection. MidAmerican Energy has been called to fix it, but thousands of customers in the area are without power.

The outage map for MidAmerican energy shows as of 12:10 p.m., about 250 customers are affected. At the peak of the outage, 7,600 metro customers didn’t have electricity.

Trees coming down in intersections also impacted the morning commute. There were downed trees blocking the road at SE 5th St. and Watrous as well as MLK Pkway and Forest, according to Des Moines Police.

Lt. Chris Bolton with the Des Moines Fire Department says a tree fell on a house at 5901 S. Union, causing major damage to a bedroom and kitchen. No one was home at the time and officials are working to notify the homes’ owners.

A tree is also down in the roadway at 4th and Wall, blocking traffic.

Firefighters also responded to reports of downed power lines at SE 7th and Pleasant.  A lightning strike is also believed to be responsible for a tree that caught fire at 615 E. Rose, said Bolton.

Heavy rain caused ponding on the roadways in some areas so drivers are being asked to take it slow.

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