Utility Crews Still Working to Restore Power Across Storm-Damaged Areas

More than a quarter million Iowans are still without power, nearly three days after a major wind storm blasted across the state. Alliant Energy spokeswoman Cindy Tomlinson says the situation remains too complex for an accurate estimate of a restoration time.

Reports show 251-thousand Iowa homes remain without electricity, though at the peak after Monday’s severe weather, nearly 500-thousand customers were in the dark. Tomlinson says when Alliant’s senior vice president Terry Kouba toured the damage in Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, he was amazed.

Tomlinson reminds folks who are using generators to be sure and shut down the main disconnect to the house. If that is still on, it could result in electricity feeding back down the line and could potentially injure a utility worker who’s trying to get your power back on. MidAmerican Energy spokesman Geoff Greenwood says most customers should get their power back Thursday, but for some others, it could take as long as Saturday:

Greenwood says damage from Monday’s storm is so severe in some of its service areas that there’s a lot of work to do before the power can come back on.

At last report on Thursday morning, MidAmerican had about 72-thousand customers without power, while Alliant had 149-thousand customers without.

Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative says as of Thursday morning, they still had 50 members without electric service. If you are a Maquoketa Valley Electric Coop customer and you’re still out of service, give them a call at 800-927-6068 so they can confirm if you are in that group of 50 or if you have a separate outage.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative