It could be several days before power is restored to all of Jefferson County after Tuesday's ice storm, emergency officials there say.
As of noon 75 percent of the county was without power, Emergency Management Director Doug Schmitt said.
"We've lost major transmission lines and transfer stations," Schmitt said.
Oskaloosa School District 341 canceled classes for Thursday.
Three emergency shelters with beds are now open at these locations: Kentucky Township Community Building, 604 Front St. in Perry; Living Water Church west of Oskaloosa along Kansas Highway 92; and the McLouth fire station, 206 Lucy St.
Warming centers were opened in Jefferson County and are located at the following locations: Meridan fire station, 201 S. Miller St.; Eagles Lodge on West Washington Street in Oskaloosa; The McLouth fire station, 206 Lucy St.; and the Valley Falls fire station, 204 Louisa St.
The centers are open 24 hours for anyone who needs to get warm.
Power problems have caused a water shortage in Lakeshore Estates Rural Water District 10. The district will be out of water some time today. It will remain without water until electrical power can be restored to the water system.
People in the district are asked to conserve water. Residents might consider melting ice to use for toilets and purchasing bottled water for drinking until electrical service is restored, emergency officials said.