Power back on in nw Iowa after huge winter storm topples 100 poles

DES MOINES, Iowa- MidAmerican Energy crews have fixed all the power outages in northwest Iowa, caused by last Thursday's "Bomb Cyclone."

Nearly 55-hundred MidAmerican Energy customers lost power because of the storm, that topped more than 100 power poles in Lyon and Sioux Counties.

The Utility called in nearly 200 workers to get the job done. MidAmerican says the utility The company sent crews, equipment and materials from across the state to impacted area.

“Our crews and response team throughout the company answered the call just as soon as the storm hit,” Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric delivery, said. “They worked long days and nights to restore our customers as quickly as they could, and did a truly amazing job of repairing and rebuilding,” he added. “Our customers could see the magnitude of the damage and we very much appreciated their understanding and support.”

The storm brought ice, snow, and rain, which coated transmission lines. Extreme winds of 60-70 mph caused lines to move up and down (galloping), leading to outages. In Lyon County the storm downed approximately 50 transmission poles between Inwood and Fairview. In Sioux County the storm knocked down approximately 60 transmission poles.

MidAmerican says some cleanup operations continue, as crews work to remove broken poles and other storm damage.

Strong winds blamed for scattered power outages in Iowa
Strong winds blamed for scattered power outages in Iowa

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