High winds ripped thru southeast Iowa Thursday afternoon bringing down trees and power lines. Power flickered or went out and when the winds died, there was a mess to clean up. Mt. Pleasant Utilities Manager Jack Hedgecock urged customers to be patient and safe as crews worked to clear tree branches and restore service. A tree came down across Hoaglin Drive behind Saunders Park taking down a power pole. Hedgecock said that’s where the biggest mess was. He also said the generators only had to run for a brief time. By 5 pm Mt. Pleasant Utility crews had things under control and were just chasing down some individual service problems. Bob Swindell of Access Energy said outages were scattered from Lockridge to south of Burlington, again due to downed lines. He said crews were trying to reach a broken pole located in a flooded area. He expected crews to work thru the night. Area fire departments were busy responding to reports of downed lines on vehicles and across roadways. In Lee County, near Houghton, two hog houses were flipped up and smashed down into a nearby field. One was empty . But hogs had to be rescued from the debris of the second one. Another hog barn was lost near Rome.