If you have power at your residence, consider yourself lucky as there are still a number of people left in the dark.

According to CBS2, "As of 5:30 a.m., nine days after the derecho, there are still nearly 30,000 customers without power in Iowa."

I spoke with my friend Curt yesterday, he's one of those people without electricity. He said, "It's really been a long 9 days for our family. We thought we'd be hooked up after a few days, but we're still waiting and it's really starting to suck."

Out of the 30,000 without power in Iowa, 22,000 of those are people in Linn County. Let's hope that number will go down in the next few days. I know the crews have been working hard and they've made a significant amount of progress.

I spoke with a group of line workers earlier this week in downtown Cedar Rapids. They told me they've had some long days but they've been treated very well by the locals.

One lineman told me, "Everyone is so kind here in Cedar Rapids. When we go out after work, there's always multiple people that want to buy us a beer or offer to pay for our meal. It really feels good, we love it here."

We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as soon as more information is released.

We will also be keeping our fingers crossed that power gets restored to the rest of the area in the very near future.

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