UPDATE: Lyon County, Iowa Hit Hard with Ice, Power Outages
Photos from Larchwood, Iowa show ice is now dropping temps and tree limbs.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Last night, anywhere from a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulated over Northwest Iowa. But for some indoors, the lights are out.
You may have had Spring fever earlier this week, but photos from Larchwood, Iowa show ice is now dropping temps and tree limbs.
Some of those tree limbs are also taking down power lines in Lyon County.
Crews, including eight additional linemen from other Iowa counties, will be helping to restore them, which is easier said than done.
"We're talking miles. I'm trying to get the exact miles. I don't have that right now, but there are miles of transmission lines down," said Ross Loomans, Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative.
Officials say 70 to 100 power lines down and so are 4 of 7 substations in the county, leaving more than 900 establishments are without power.
And with several inches of heavy, wet snow still on the way, things could get worse.
"That is going to put a lot of weight on these trees, and it could make a bad situation. They may have to stay home for a little period here where they may not have heat or access to electricity," said Phil Schumacher, Sioux Falls National Weather Service.
One reason that crews are asking for patience.
"We appreciate their patience and ask for continued patience. We're working on it as hard as we can, but this situation spun out of control very rapidly," said Loomans.
Crews say they hope to have power back on in Lyon County by Friday Night.