Grand Rapids Area Hit By More Storms, Thousands Still Without Power

By KBJR News 1

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Many residents in the Grand Rapids and Deer River area dealt with a second round of storms Wednesday, this while many in the area are still without power after severe storms Monday night.

According to Lake Country Power, more than 10,000 people are without power after a second round of storms hit the Iron Range Wednesday.

The second wave of storms was a major setback for the power company, adding to their workload by leaving about 2,000 additional homes without power.

Emergency shelters in Deer River and Grand Rapids have been set up to help people affected by the storms. Both provide water, food and a place to get out of the heat.

"[People come for] mostly water and some supplies," said Deer River Police Chief, Tammy Apitz, "We've had some people use the locker rooms for showers."

The Deer River emergency shelter is located at Deer River High School. The Grand Rapids emergency shelter is located at the IRA Civic Center on an as-needed basis.

Deer River resident, Mary Knudtson was grateful for the shelter Wednesday. She went there to take cover from the severe storms that came through the area in the late afternoon.

"The police went through my neighborhood and asked [us] to evacuate and the high school was open," said Knudtson.

While power outages seem to be the main issue facing those in the area, many still have damaged homes and fallen trees in their yards.

Grand Rapids resident, Larry Pickett, spent Wednesday helping his neighbors clean their yards. His home wasn't hit hard by Monday's storms, but many in the area were.

"If I was in the same spot, I'd want somebody to help me," said Pickett.

According to Lake Country Power officials, crews will be working throughout the week until power is restored.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.