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TROY, IL (KTVI) - A massive clean-up and fix-up effort continued Saturday night almost 24 hours after a storm took down 20 power poles just outside of Troy, Illinois.

They came down within a one-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 Friday night. That stretch remained closed much of Saturday while repairs were made. Drivers turned off in search of a detour and ended up getting to know the surrounding farmland, backtracking through the cornfields again and again.

“Nobody knows (a way around),” said driver Darren Kustra of St. Louis.  “I've just been following the same people around in circles… GPS just keeps bringing me here. It'd be nice to have something telling you what to do here.”

The more than 2000 customers initially without power had service restored within a few hours.

“We were able to switch our customers, bringing our customers their service back in.  Now comes the harder part of making the repairs.  Our crews are working as quickly as safety allows,” said Ameren IL spokeswoman, Paula Nixon.

It looked as if high winds snapped at least one pole, maybe two, then took down a tree.  The tree hit the power lines and the rest of the poles came down in a chain reaction.

The highway reopened Saturday night.

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