UPDATE: According to MidAmerican Energy’s Outage Watch page, the immediate Quad Cities have restored power.
UPDATE: At 9 p.m. Saturday, MidAmerican crews continued their efforts to restore customers who lost service because of the morning snowstorm, a news release says. As of shortly before 9 p.m., crews had restored service to all but about 250 customers in the Quad Cities area.
Line and tree crews will continue to work as long as necessary tonight to reestablish service to any remaining customer without power. Crews expected to restore most of the rest of the customers late Saturday, “though restoration times may extend into the early morning hours for a small number of customers,” the release says.
EARLIER UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. Saturday, just over 1,000 MidAmerican Energy customers were without power, according to a news release.
“MidAmerican crews continue to make progress in restoring outages caused by the early morning snow,” the release says. “Warmer afternoon weather is melting the snow and allowing our crews to more safely navigate the areas with outages.”
“We have nearly 40 line crews on-site working or enroute to the Quad Cities area to restore service. There are 22 tree crews working to clear downed or sagging branches to allow our crews to access areas and equipment in need of repair. Support staff are also in the area to expedite the recovery activities,” the release says.
“Crews are making progress with just over 1,000 customers currently without power. Since the start of the storm event, we have restored power to almost 15,000 customers. We expect most of the remaining customers to be restored within the next three to six hours,” the release says. “Because of the number of incidents and extensive damage in some areas, a small number of customers will not have service restored until the early morning hours of Sunday.”
EARLIER: The heavy, wet snow that fell overnight left many in the Quad Cities area without power.
MidAmerican Energy said 10,280 customers were affected when the area’s peak outage took place at 8:10 a.m. Since then, nearly 6,000 customers’ power has been restored, leaving the total at Noon around 4,400.
The snowfall that moved in early Saturday morning was heavy and wet, which accumulated on trees, causing trees and limbs to fall onto overhead lines.
Additional MidAmerican line crews have arrived in the QC from Des Moines, Waterloo and Iowa City.
Be aware that line crews must wait for tree crews to remove trees or tree debris before starting their work.
Report any downed lines by calling 1-800-799-4443.
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