WAUPACA, Wis. (WFRV) Reported by: Heather Sawaski – Crews vowed to work through the night Wednesday to try and restore power to everyone in the Waupaca-area. Slowly but surely, the lights were coming back on.
It was all smiles from customers at the Mobile Truck Stop off Highway 10 late Wednesday afternoon. But just minutes earlier, everyone was in the dark. The 24-hour restaurant was without power for more than four hours. But that didn’t mean the owners closed up shop.
“We’ve prided ourselves for the last 37 years of staying open and giving travelers a place to stop and gain their wits,” Manager Steve Klismet explained.
They weren’t able to cook or sell food, but employees manned the gas station next door and handed out snacks and bottled drinks.
“We pulled our service trucks up and shined our lights in the building so we could see what’s going on,” said Klismit. “And people could see there was activity going. So people were pulling in off the road.”
The rest of the city didn’t escape Mother Nature. At one time, WPS reported more than 6,000 Waupaca-area customers without power.
“I like snow but this one is just too wet and heavy to shovel,” commented resident Julie Baron.
The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at the middle school for anyone needing food or a warm place to sleep.
“Just so people know we’re here,” said Red Cross Volunteer Andrew Stanislawski. “They’re welcome to come and we’ll do whatever we can.”
Stanislawski said they’ll be there to help until the first winter mess of the season is cleared.
“We were ready for the long haul but it worked out good for us,” Steve Klismit added.