Thousands Still Without Power In Linn County

Tens of thousands of people are still without power across the Interstate-380 corridor Tuesday morning. The Alliant Energy outage map showed most of the outages are in the Cedar Rapids area where over 50-thousand people were still without power.

Trees and power lines are down throughout the area. KCRG-TV 9 reports at least 50 people were injured during the storm. Those injuries range from bone fractures to head wounds. So far no deaths have been reported.

Tuesday's Cedar Rapids city council meeting is canceled due to the effects of Monday's storms. Public transportation is canceled through Wednesday and garbage collection may also be delayed.

Residents throughout the county are assessing the damage to their homes. Mike Sion has lived at his house on Wenig Road NE in Cedar Rapids for 27 years.

He and his wife weren't home when the storm hit. They returned to find their roof was destroyed.

“I just put a roof on it two years ago, so I thought my roof would be in good shape,” Sion tells KCRG-TV 9. "But I guess I’ll have to re-roof it now.”

Mike was working in Hiawatha at the time and had no idea what he would find when he got home.

“I thought, ‘Well, hopefully we’ve got some trees down, things like that.’ But I didn’t expect this at all. Nobody does,” he said.

Across the street from their home is Kennedy High School, which sustained damage to its roofs and athletic fields.

Stadium light poles were snapped in half, trees fell across the tennis courts and batting cages were flattened by the winds.

Sion says for now he and his wife will stay at his mother’s home in Cedar Rapids. “We at least have a place to go, thank God, because I wouldn’t want to go to a hotel right now with the way the world is,” he told KCRG-TV 9.

(Photos: KCRG-TV 9)

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