UPDATE: Thousands of people still without power

Update (11:13am)- Alliant Energy officials say there are still thousands without power but they are hoping to restore power to everyone by the end of the day. They have also brought in around 32 extra workers.

 

Update: Officials in Freeborn County are saying there is widespread power outages across that county.

 

MASON CITY, Iowa  –  Thousands of Alliant Energy customers are out of power.

The heavy snow has caused several power lines to come down, including some in Mason City.

According to Alliant Energy, more than 6,000 customers across North Iowa and Southern Minnesota are without power as of Friday morning.

Alliant Energy had to pull its crews from the roads Thursday night, after conditions became too difficult.  Spokesperson Justin Foss said, one of their trucks went into a ditch.

“Our guys are willing to go out there anywhere they can.  Our trucks have four wheel drive, we’ve got chains on those big trucks.  But at some point the conditions are too much and you can’t get out.  Our guys are chomping at the bit to get out there.  But the conditions are so severe that it was tough last night.  So they’ll get out there as soon as possible this morning,” said Foss.

A spokesman tells us, they won’t be able to get power back on for smaller communities and rural areas until Friday morning.

If you do have an outage, you’re encouraged to contact Alliant Energy at 1-877-740-5050 or alliantenergy.com

Crews are able to work in Mason City right now because the roads are plowed.

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