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MidAmerican sends line crews to help Alliant after storm

By: - August 19, 2020 10:00 am

A downed transmission line from a storm that hit Iowa on Aug. 10, 2020. (Iowa Utilities Board photo)

MidAmerican Energy plans to send dozens of workers to eastern Iowa Wednesday to help Alliant Energy restore power for Alliant’s customers.

Both investor-owned utilities have been scrambling to restore power after an Aug. 10 derecho storm knocked down trees, power lines and grain bins and damaged homes across the east-west midsection of the state. The storm killed three Iowans.

As of Wednesday morning. Alliant was showing about 28,259 customers were out of electricity, Cedar Rapids and other parts of Linn County. MidAmerican was reporting 113 customers without power, mostly in Iowa City, but was waiting for private-equipment repairs before it could repair the rest of the lines.

MidAmerican, responding to a request for help, expects to send 60 linemen,10 support employees and equipment. The crews were expected to travel to eastern Iowa early Wednesday morning. 

The Des Moines-based utility also plans to send 200 employees to help the city of Cedar Rapids with storm cleanup, and will provide wood, nails, tarps and other supplies. 

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