The wintery mix of weather that’s sweeping through the state has left hundreds of people without power. Up to one inch of ice has coated trees and power lines in northwest Iowa. Gaylene Eshuis is the Operations Coordinator with Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative.
“We’ve been noticing as the wind picks up, there’s definitely ice on the lines…so that’s been causing problems,” Eshuis said. “We’ve also had poles break and some trees are getting into the lines.”
Early this afternoon, more than 1,300 rural electric cooperative customers throughout northwest Iowa were without power as a result of the storm. MidAmerican Energy also had several hundred customers without power — mostly in the Sioux City area.
By Dennis Morrice, KLEM, LeMars