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Iowa Great Lakes area gets lot of storm damage


This spring storm has left a lot of damage in it's wake.

Because of this, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has declared a state of emergency in several northwest Iowa counties.

Those counties include Clay, Emmet, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, and Sioux.

Also on that list is Dickinson County, where the Iowa Great Lakes are.

Old man winter is refusing to go into hibernation as a late season storm delivered a one-two punch to the Iowa Great Lakes.

Wednesday's freezing rain and the ice it left behind was compounded by a heavy wet snow that fell late Wednesday into early Thursday morning, dumping nearly four inches on the Iowa Great Lakes.

Damage to trees and power lines in the immediate Iowa Great Lakes has been minimal.

But it's much different 12 miles to the west, in the Lake Park area.

The ice and snow accumulations were much greater there, bringing down numerous tree limbs and power lines.

Street crews spent the better part of Wednesday and Thursday clearing streets of downed trees and tree limbs.

Schools in the area either started late or called off classes altogether.

Officials tell us that so far they've had no reports of anyone being hurt.

Minor damage, mainly roof damage, has been reported to a few homes in the Lake Park area where tree limbs came down.

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