Ice Storm Hits Appleton
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APPLETON, WI- More than 11,000 people in Appleton are still without power after this morning's spring storm. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has now declared a state of emergency.
At the height of the storm, We Energies says 25,000 of its customers in the Fox Valley were without power. 11,000 of them, were in the city of Appleton. Schools were closed, traffic lights are down.
It's the kind of weather that is a real mess for residents and power companies.
Robyn Modica runs a daycare in Appleton
"It was sort of a hectic morning."
She couldn't run her business without power. "The inconvenience of not having power and also for my clientele."
Modica is one of many people in Appleton without power. Thomas Jack of Jack's Landscaping has been out since 5:30 this morning cutting down branches that may be hazardous to people.
"It's getting worse as the days going on. More limbs are failing, bigger limbs are failing," says Jack.
Outagamie County reports 361 incidents that could be hazardous and a total of 20 power stations are locked out.
Electrical crews have been working since the early morning trying to restore power, but they say more severe weather is on the way, so it could take a little longer.
We Energies says they may not have all power restored until Friday morning. Crews will be on the scene throughout the night.
"We will at least have those crews here and available if we do get some more weather that comes in and adds to the outages that we already have," says Brian Manthey of WE Energies.
Drivers Also have to be cautious with falling limbs and ice.
"We could see some more dangerous situations coming in the coming 24 hour time period," says Julie Loeffelholz of the Outagamie County Emergency Management.
As people wait for their power to come back on. Crews will continue to work tonight and tomorrow.
"Start all over again," says Jack.
To restore power in the Fox Valley Region. The Outagamie County Emergency Operations Center has been opened. And.. The American Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter overnight at Appleton North High School for anyone without power.