Winfield, Kan. (KAKE) - Back to back calls flooded the operations center in Winfield on Sunday from people wanting to know when their power would be restored. 

"The damage is bigger than the city crew, it's bigger than the electric crew and the electric contractors so you know if I've got any advice to anyone, be patient you know the tree contractors are swamped right now," is what local Winfield resident Mark Skiles had to say to the community.  

Friday and Saturday night's storms resulted in a large part of the community losing power.  As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, City Manager Taggart Wall said they made significant progress with all of their main circuits back up and running.  At 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Wall estimated less than 1000 customers without power.  

Wall said crews were working around the clock and they even had outside help from Augusta and Pratt.  He said crews were being deployed to groups and individual customers and added that the Baden Square area and Walnut Towers has been fully restored.  Southwestern College is expected to have restoration within the hour.  

Wall said this storm presented a difficult challenge.  He said, "We've had major damage to the electric system because of the size of debris."  Wall also urged the community to use caution when removing tree limbs.  He said, "Any line that's down could be energized and so we need you to exercise extreme caution and stay away from those." 

The Red Cross cooling station is located at the Winfield High School cafeteria and will close at 6pm tonight.  Anyone needing to plug in for medical use may do so at the shelter.  

The city will provide updates every day at Noon and 4:00 p.m. until power is restored for all customers.  

For more updates and information, you can visit the Cowley County Emergency Management Facebook page.