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Waiting for Power in Anamosa

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 09:58 PM CDT

ANAMOSA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly 800 homes were still without electricity after Monday’s severe round of storms in Anamosa.
"I've never seen it so bad, it's like a warzone," longtime Anamosa resident, Chuck Wilcox said.


In 36 years on North Iowa Street, Chuck and Amy Wilcox’s front yard walnut tree has grown quite a bit.


“We raised this one in back from a little twig," Chuck said.


On Monday, the pair watched from inside their home as the tree fell. The storm also did damage to siding on their home, their car and another tree in their yard. However, the Wilcoxes said they have been overwhelmed by the support from their neighbors who have helped remove truckloads of debris from the property. They said they have also been impressed by the efforts of Alliant Energy workers. Debris can be found all over the city, with downed trees, power lines and home damage everywhere. 


“These people are working around the clock, trying to get everything back the way it was before, and it's going to take a long time,” Chuck said.


“I just want to be able to take a shower, have a hot cup of coffee," Amy, Chuck’s wife, added.


Justin Foss from Alliant Energy said that the company is at the tough part of the process. He said in the beginning working four to five hours can restore thousands of homes with power.


“This is where it gets to be the nitty gritty, it maybe takes four to five hours to get two customers back on," Foss explained.


He also added that sometimes Alliant cannot help its customers until an electrician comes out to fix equipment connected to the customer’s Alliant meter. Not all of the equipment belongs to Alliant, and instead, is actually owned by the homeowner and must be fixed by an electrician.


However, for Chuck and Amy, by late Wednesday afternoon, their power was back on. They were quite happy!


Alliant Energy expected to have power restored in Anamosa by Wednesday evening. 

Waiting for Power in Anamosa


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