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FRIDAY 7/30/2021 2:20 p.m.

RIPON, Wis. (WFRV) – Power is slowly being restored to the community of Ripon.

As of 1:58 p.m., Alliant Energy’s website says there are six outages in the middle of Ripon with 55 customers not being able to access power. To the right of Ripon, there are two power outages with approximately 58 customers out of power.

Local 5 will update this article when more information becomes available.

FRIDAY 7/30/2021 9:25 a.m.

RIPON, Wis. (WFRV) – Following Wednesday evening’s severe storm, most Ripon residents have had their power restored, but crews are working to get power restored to the rest of the City.

According to officials, as of 9:00 a.m. Alliant Energy has restored power to most customers in Ripon. Reportedly, around 550 customers are still without power.

Alliant Energy crews are working to repair damages and restore power to those who still don’t have it.

The Compost Center will remain open for residents to drop off brush and storm debris. Officials say that bringing the debris to the center helps the Department of Public Works as they continue to clean up after the storm.

Only a few trees are closed and officials are asking residents to follow all traffic closures and barricades.

Update: American Red Cross sets up power charging stations in Ripon

THURSDAY 7/29/2021 3:37 p.m.

RIPON, Wis. (WFRV) – The American Red Cross is helping locals who don’t have power after the storm.

According to a release, teams will be running a power charging station in Ripon so people who do not have power can access it until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29.

They will also open the power station during the day again on Friday, July 30, at the Ripon Senior Center (100 E. Jackson St., Ripon).

If you do not have a safe place to sleep or are in need of emergency help because of the storms, Red Cross says you should call 800-RED-CROSS.

Update: All stop lights in Ripon not working, residents asked to be ‘cautious’ with water usage

THURSDAY 7/29/2021 9:41 a.m.

RIPON, Wis. (WFRV) – The severe weather that has caused damage to Ripon has the city asking its residents to conserve water due to power outages.

According to officials, there are many downed wires across the city and officials are working to take care of them. The city also is advising residents that some of the wires may still be live.

All of the stoplights in the city are reportedly not operating at this time.

Ripon residents are also asked to do their best to conserve water and to be cautious with their water usage due to the power outages.

Ripon’s compost center will be open all day for residents to drop off storm brush and debris.

Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.

ORIGINAL: Ripon requests all residents to stay inside due to storm damage

THURSDAY 7/29/2021 5:18 a.m.

RIPON, Wis. (WFRV) – The City of Ripon is asking all residents to stay inside due to city-wide storm damage.

According to officials, there are multiple downed trees and power lines. Power is also out city-wide.

Multiple roads are also closed and City Emergency Response is assessing the damage.

If travel is absolutely necessary, officials are asking those traveling to adhere to all detours and closed lanes.

Those in need of emergency assistance are asked to call 9-1-1.

There was no further information available. Local 5 will update this story if more information is released.

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