Nebraskans in extreme northeastern Nebraska are spending today not at cook-outs, but at clean ups.
Dakota City is recovering the Labor Day after severe thunderstorms with high winds touching 80-miles-per-hour at times took down power lines and did some structural damage throughout the city.
Dakota City Mayor Jerry Yecevich says all the destruction is still being assessed.
“We’re working on the infrastructure first; getting the streets cleared,” Yecevich tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “We still do not have power back on in all the residents in town, yet. That’s a goal. We need to get that back up so we can get people in their homes. Last night we had some problems with gas leaks. Some of these trees were uprooted.”
The storm crossed the Missouri River and hit Sergeant Bluff, Iowa hard. It also blew over semis and blew debris onto I-29, which had to be closed for a couple of hours.
Yecevich says though the storm caused some structural damage in town, the biggest blow was to the power grid.
“A lot of it are trees; then with the downed power lines,” according to Yecevich. “There are some garages, some small buildings that got hit (by) trees, vehicles. There is some minor home damage. We haven’t been through everything yet to know exactly what all has been damage. We’re kind of early in the stages.”
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this article.