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Flathead Still Feeling Force From Wintry Blasts

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COLUMBIA FALLS -

As of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, more than fifty people are still without power after some powerful winter weekend winds in the Flathead Valley.

Janis Johnson and her family in Columbia Falls are living on generator power after Sunday's gusts shut off their electricity and ripped their roof off.

"It was pretty scary. It was like a boom and I thought a tree went down and I have these huge pine trees," said Johnson.

Since her power went out around 3:30 p.m., Johnson has called Flathead Electric three times, only to reach a recording. Johnson took off work today to wait for a call from the insurance adjustor and to figure out what to do with perishables in the refrigerator.

"You don't realize how much you take that stuff for granted until you don't have it," said Johnson.

At the height of the outages, more than 5,500 people were without power--mostly in the Bitterroot and Marion areas.

"The gusts last night definitely brought everybody to their toes and," said Stephanie Wallace, a spokeswoman for the Flathead Electric Co-op, "but the majority of those members are restored now."

Just driving around Columbia Falls, you can see some of what people are dealing with including mangled irrigation pipes and felled trees.

"We had all crews on deck. There's definitely--it's open hunting so we had a couple crew members who were out hunting, but the majority of our guys were able to jump on board," said Wallace.

"It's hunting season so I'm sure all the roofers are out hunting," added Johnson.

Wallace says she believes everyone's lights will be back on before Tuesday, but that doesn't necessarily mean smooth sailing.

"We're supposed to get rain and if I don't get something in with my roof here in the next couple of days probably my whole dining room is going to be down," said Johnson.

For an up-to-date map of power outages and the number to report any hazardous electrical conditions, click here.

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