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Derecho impact: four days after wild wind storm hits the Quad Cities, crews still working to restore power

Friday marks the fourth full day without power for thousands; MidAmerican Energy lineman joined by utility crews from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado

MOLINE, Illinois — Friday marked a second full day without power for tens of thousands of people in the Quad Cities. MidAmerican Energy crews have been joined by dozens of crews from other states to assist in the recovery efforts. 

Meanwhile, local maintenance crews have been busy clearing downed trees and branches.

"The past few days we've just been doing storm cleanup," said Sean Cox, who works for his family business, Cox Total Maintenance. 

On Wednesday, his small crew could be seen removing a tree from someone's roof. "Just clean it up, trim it down," Cox said.

The power grid was hit so hard by the storm that MidAmerican Energy called in for reinforcements. 

"Additional crews from neighboring utilities have been called in," said MidAmerica spokesperson Ben Keith at a Tuesday press conference. "We already have help from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri. With more help on the way."

The crews from across the country could be seen Wednesday staging bucket trucks at the parking lot of the QCCA Expo Center. 

Meanwhile, 47 MidAmerican workers returned Wednesday morning after they had answered a mutal assistance call to restore power to homes in New Jersey impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias. Many of them did not even stop to see their families, trucks gassed up and ready to respond to the crisis at home.

"This kind of jumped up very quickly," Keith said. "When other people ask us for help, we want to make sure we help them when we can. Just like we are in the situation we are in now, we’re asking all our neighbors in the Midwest to help as well."