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Storm notes: Water, rooms in short supply

Pallets of water AmeriPride Services transported and delivered nine pallets of water from the Twin Cities to Nisswa to help the more than 6,000 residents without power and dwindling supplies. The water was donated by Bernick's in Brooklyn Center,...

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Pallets of water

AmeriPride Services transported and delivered nine pallets of water from the Twin Cities to Nisswa to help the more than 6,000 residents without power and dwindling supplies. The water was donated by Bernick's in Brooklyn Center, but they needed someone to transport from the north metro to the site.

AmeriPride volunteered a driver and truck for the day and the effort was coordinated by the Red Cross. This delivery was timed to help ensure relief workers had sufficient supplies for a midday distribution Wednesday for thousands of residents impacted by the storms.

By the numbers

Because of Sunday's storm, Crow Wing Power replaced 50 transformers and a little more than 100 power poles. It had 72 crew members working at once, along with 17 Highline Construction employees, four Mille Lacs Energy employees, four Lake Country Power employees and four Lake Region Electric employees.

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Brainerd Public Utilities replaced seven power poles. It had all 10 of its line workers working at once, along with a wastewater employee, a supervisor and a few meter readers, for a total of 15-16 employees working at once to restore power.

Minnesota Power replaced more than 250 power poles and more than 100 transformers. It had more than 200 workers working at once on Thursday. Contributing employees to the cause was the city of Brainerd, Xcel Energy, Michels Power, Hooper Construction, MJ Electric, MP Technologies, LNR Boring, Lake States Tree Service, Northern Clearing, Bay West Environmental, Border States and Minnesota Power.

It also had more than 120 utility trucks on the ground at one point.

Todd County declares state of emergency

Todd County became the fourth county in the region to declare a state of emergency following the storm, Sheriff Don Asmus reports, following Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties.

Asmus said most of the county's damage was contained to a stretch along the northern border near Staples, but amounted to a preliminary estimate of more than $250,000 worth. The figure, which takes into account damage to uninsured public infrastructure as well as costs borne by the county for cleanup efforts, easily exceeds the county's threshold for seeking disaster relief from the state. To be eligible for assistance, Todd County must show at least $44,313 worth of damage.

Wadena County sustains more than $325,000 in damages

Wadena County Emergency Manager Luke Manderschied reported $336,600 in preliminary damages to the state Thursday.

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Manderschied said most of the damage in Wadena County was to power lines, although the bus garage at Verndale Secondary School also lost a roof.

"The rest of it (the cost of damage) is pretty much our response to the cleanup," Manderschied said.

Damage to power lines can be included as part of a state of emergency declaration when belonging to an electric cooperative, according to the office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Manderschied said Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's lines were damaged in the storm, although as of Thursday, he knew of no one in the county who remained without power.

'No hotel for 50 miles'

A freshly repowered Cragun's Resort Thursday began taking in workers from Minnesota Power, reported Nancy Krasean, marketing manager.

Cabins in the resort sustained minimal damage compared to surrounding areas, Krasean said, making it possible for them to house those working to restore power.

"They said there is no hotel (with open rooms) for 50 miles," Krasean said. "They saw our cabins and thought, 'Why can't we stay here?'"

Krasean said they will remain closed to vacationers as cleanup continues on the grounds, but between 70-150 workers will sleep there over the weekend. The resort is aiming to reopen to visitors Friday.

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