The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

May 21, 2013

Roaring winds Southeast Iowa in clean-up mode after storm passes through


That one farm suffered around $100,000 in damage, the mayor estimated. Other damage in town was less expensive but still troublesome.

“We look bad. Trees down, tree limbs and twigs everywhere. In our cemetery, we had two large oak trees torn out by the roots. They were huge, and this is Memorial Day weekend. I’ve got a tree service over there now. “

Though no one mentioned tornadoes, she said, those residents where the wind was fiercest described hearing a roar.

Power lines in and around Sigourney were reported as actually snapping. Some buildings reported damage. In Albia, trees were damaged, too, with 65 mph gusts snapping off branches up to 3 inches thick.

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark


If your power goes out during this summer storm season, give your power company a call.

Ryan Stensland, spokesman for Alliant Energy, said customers should not feel as though they are bothering anyone. The animated system does a great job in helping crews get the lights back on.

Sunday night, Stensland’s power went out, and he called the automated number. He said another person who calls the automated number is Alliant’s president. Don’t assume a neighbor called, Stensland stressed. In fact, call even if you know for certain that a neighbor called.

“When you call in, it sends that information directly out to the field, which helps them pinpoint the outage,” he said.

Alliant number for power outages: 1-877-740-5050

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