Church to serve as warming shelter until power returns in Hayfield

HAYFIELD, Minn. (FOX 47) –  Dodge County officials declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon because of the extensive damage of this latest snowstorm. The city of Hayfield, which is in Dodge County, has been without power since 1 p.m. Thursday.

Hayfield has a population of about 1,300. At the peak of the Thursday’s storm, more than 4,340 homes in Dodge County didn’t have power due to damaged power poles and lines. Multiple roads were closed with barricades due to the downed power lines.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, power was restored to nearly 900 homes, leaving officials with 3,472 homes still without power overnight.

Because of the outage, the city of Hayfield is asking residents to keep their water usage low until further notice. In the meantime, Trinity Lutheran Church has opened as a warming shelter for those who live in and around Hayfield.

The church and fire hall are the only two places in town that have a backup generator. Pastor Paul Hauschild expects to see between 20 and 30 people Thursday evening, and he said the church is ready for whoever might show up.

“When there’s need in the community, whether it be because of a fire, flooding, or electricity turned off, we’re a site where people can find help. We have running water, running toilets, ovens, refrigerator, freezer to bring some food and make some food.”

The church will stay open until power is restored.

The following Emergency Shelter locations are available for Dodge County residents:

Dodge Center- Faith Lutheran Church 308 2nd St NW
• Shelter up to 100
• Has Wifi
• Bring blankets/ pillows
• Bring needed medications
• Bring cell phone/ charger
• Has bathrooms but no showers
• Pets OK if kennel brought with

Hayfield- Trinity Lutheran Church 104 1st St SE
• Bring pillows/ blankets
• Bring cell phone/ charger

Kasson/ Mantorville- KM High School 101 16th St NE
• Beds for 60-65
• Can shelter 100-150
• No pets unless service animals
• Bring blankets/pillow
• Bring cell phone/ charge
• Bathrooms and showers available- bring toiletries to include bath towel
• Wifi available

West Concord – Old Funeral home building west of fire department
• No pets unless service animals
• Bring blankets/pillow
• Bring cell phone/ charge
• Bathrooms available

Claremont- not opening a shelter unless needed

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