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Crews Continue Work to Restore Power

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Utility crews are also working to get communities back online after the snowstorm knocked out power to hundreds of customers.

Evidence of a strong snowstorm three days ago is really sticking around in parts of Grant County.

Along with large mounds of snow, you can see dozens of utility crews working to restore power after power lines and poles got knocked down.

"I'm just like everybody else, I hear the rumors and hopefully one of these days the power comes back on." says Jerome Roehrich, Mayor of New Leipzig.

The city of New Leipzig has been without power since Friday night.

That's after more than a foot of heavy wet snow weighed down power lines and snapped tree branches throughout the small town.

"Lots of power lines down, trees down, my fence is down..." says Janet F., resident.

"Let's say we got caught with our pants down, I had not gas at home for my generator, pumps weren't working, nobody had any power..." says Roehrich.

They are on day three of no power with no exact idea of when it will be completely restored.

"It's sort of like we're back 100 years, fortunately the temperatures have gone up..." says Janet F.

"The nice part about that is it is still warm out, if it was ten below this would be bad, we can handle this." says Kent Roehl, resident.

People are getting creative about managing without electricity.

"This morning I got the grill out and made a pot of coffee on the grill, it's been an experience..." says Roehrich.

"Generators running like crazy everywhere, I'm sure people are having to throw out a lot of food, it's just devastating." says Janet F.

"We've been on a generator for 2 1/2 days, we're lucky to have one a lot of people don't, food is spoiling and stuff, it's been a challenge but we're getting through it." says Roehl.

The grocery store is one of the only businesses still open.

As residents wait for the professionals, they're taking care of each other the best they can.

"If it wasn't for my neighbors I never would have got out of my driveway, they helped move huge piles of snow..." says Janet F.

At 6:45 mountain time Monday evening the power came on in New Leipzig.

Power crews will have to work through muddy and slushy conditions to continue restoring power for hundreds of other rural customers in the southwest.

That area is also in a flood advisory.

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