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Power Restored to Northeast Side of Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Alliant Energy has restored power to the northeast side of Cedar Rapids when outage numbers reached around 2,650 today.

Around noon, Alliant Energy began receiving calls of power outages in an area just north of Blairs Ferry Road NE between C Ave and Council Street NE in a nearby neighborhood. According to Justin Foss, an Alliant Energy spokesman, a caller reported seeing a flash in their backyard that helped crews narrow down to the specific location of the problem. Foss did not know the exact address.

"It is common, arrester's do go out," Foss said. "They're designed to break, what they do is absorb electricity from lightning strikes usually, and after enough lightning strikes the material that absorbs it is gone and they need to be replaced."

After the arrester, which works like a large-scale surge protector was restored, Alliant Energy began having problems with the system not responding properly, that may have been a result of "patchy" power callers were reporting.

"Most of the time the lights flicker off and right back on," said Lisa Rowe, senior marketing manager at Lindale Mall. She said the south side of the mall, which is on a different distribution loop was not affected.

"It took a little bit of time getting it back up and running," Foss said. "But as of now, it should be good to go."

Foss said the arrester was damaged from a storm earlier this summer, and stopped working today, but power was restored around 3 p.m.

"Everything should be 100 percent."

If customers are still reporting a loss of power, Foss suggests calling Alliant Energy and reporting their location.

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