WORTHINGTON, Minn. - It's a weekend of hard work for those who live in Worthington and throughout southwestern Minnesota.
"It's devastating," says longtime Worthington resident Wayne Nau. "We had wind damage eight years ago, but it was nothing like this.
Tornado-like damage can be seen region wide following an ice storm and snow storm this week. Thick ice blanketed Nobles County snapping branches and leaving massive tree limbs everywhere.
Thousands of rural residents remain without power and city officials say it could take more than a week to fully restore it. On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton toured the damage and promised to assist.
"We need to step in and lend a helping hand," he said. "We have done that in the past with other disasters and we will do the same this time."
A meeting of emergency responders, utility companies, and state leaders met Saturday to discuss the recovery effort. An effort that could cost the region more than $7 million.
Both Minnesota Senators toured the damage, too. They are considering asking for FEMA aid.