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Some power out, but dentists open

You may not be able to get out of your driveway but you can get your teeth cleaned, your eyes checked and your braces adjusted.

Dr. Charles Collins, DDS, was open for business by 8 a.m. Thursday with the doctor and one employee holding down the fort. Karen Carter said the office had planned to see patients at 8, but by 8:15 was still waiting.

Collins himself was passing the time shoveling snow in front of his office–“I’d rather be playing in it than working in it,” he said.

Tonya Anderson of Indianola made her eye exam at Optometric Associates with help from her dad, who plowed a route out of her driveway. “I don’t like to miss appointments,” she said.

For Dental Professionals across the street the problem is a lack of staff. While only about half the employees are in, patients are coming, said Catherine Marstre at the office. And more would like to.

“We get people who say they can’t make it to Des Moines so can they come in?” she said.

Chelle Klootwyk at Indianola Municipal Utilities said a small number of customers have no power. The outage seemed confined to an area around Country Club Road although other areas have reported sporadic issues. She said crews are working on the issue.


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