KESHENA - People in Keshena are trying to clean up as crews work to restore power.
Officials ask for patience as power is restored to the area.
"Our biggest concern are downed trees, downed power lines. Little damage to homes at this point,” said Lisa Wilson, public information officer with the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department.
Dozens of crews from Alliant Energy and other utility companies scurried about town working to restore power. Some crews were called in from other jobs Wednesday night, like one crew from Plover.
“We got called at about 8:30 last night. So we had maybe two hours off, we had a chance to take a shower and come back at here,” said a worker with Alliant Energy to FOX 11's Emily Deem on Good Day Wisconsin.
Most of the roads are passable. But the sheriff's department urges motorists to use caution. There could still be downed trees and power lines across some side roads.
The Menominee Tribe opened up the Casino, the tribal offices and the community technology center at the College of the Menominee Nation for those who may need emergency shelter. The Red Cross is providing dinner for those who need it at Keshena Primary from 5-10 p.m. Thursday.
"So we're trying to get everybody water. Make sure all our elders are taken care of - going door to door, checking on them,” said Menominee Indian Tribal Chairman Craig Corn.
County and tribal officials are asking people who live in the Keshena area to limit their water use as the utility systems are without power or on backup power.
Officials also ask people who are able-bodied to check on their neighbors, the elderly or those who may need assistance until power is restored.
An Alliant Energy spokeswoman tells FOX 11 that as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the number of customers without power in Menominee County is at about 300. That number is down from the outage's peak of about 4,200.
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