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Rock County opens emergency shelter

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news Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

LUVERNE -- Portions of Murray, Cottonwood and Jackson counties were hit hard by Tuesday's ice storm, yet it was Rock and Nobles counties that reportedly receiving the worst of the damage.

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Rock County Sherriff Even Verbrugge reported Wednesday afternoon that there was no electricity in Rock County.

"Right now, there is no part of the county that has power, including the city of Luverne," he said, adding that it was hoped power would be restored by Thursday night "if things go well."

In the meantime, Rock County has opened an emergency operation center for all Rock County departments and an emergency shelter in Luverne Elementary School.

"We're working on placing individuals in the Luverne elementary for anyone that doesn't have power that wants to leave their residence," Verbrugge said.

The county was making other contingency plans Wednesday -- including encouraging residents to go to Brandon, S.D., which wasn't as affected by the storm -- "for fuel, lodging, food and things of that nature," Verbrugge said.

In spite of the difficulties, Verbrugge said, "We're lucky because the temperature isn't that cold. You can survive in your residence with the temperature that we have."

To help restore power, 13 Iowa companies will come to Rock County to repair the more than 100 electrical poles that were damaged and lines that were knocked down.

Verbrugge added that there had been no major accidents in Rock County due to the storm. He anticipates the county's primary role will be dealing with public safety.

Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.

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