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A powerful winter storm swept across the state from Dec. 3-5, 1924 bringing heavy precipitation in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. In the s.e. portions of the state it was rain with heavy snows of up to a foot reported in the n.w. sections.

The heavy ice accumulations occurred in a band from Mills and Monona counties northeast to Dubuque and Winnebago counties. The band of heaviest ice accumulations was in a swath 2 counties wide from Pottawattamie and Harrison counties up to Delaware and Fayette counties. In some of these areas the tree branches and wires received a coating of ice up to 2" thick resulting in an unprecedented number of telephone poles snapped off. severe damage was also delivered to fruit and shade trees amounting to the total destruction of many.

A complete survey estimated some 27.000 telephone poles were ruined with over 200,000 miles of single telephone wires that were put out of service. It took over 1,000 men to repair the damage done to the telephone systems at a cost of over $750,000. Many of the telephone lines were still badly crippled at the end of the month. In Black Hawk county alone over 5,000 poles were down and several other counties reported more than 2,000 poles down.

The damage to fruit trees ranged from slight in some areas to as high as 42% in others.