Wind, Snow Hampering Power Recovery

By Steve Gravelle, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- High winds are causing more power outages, and wind and drifting snow are hampering crews' efforts to restore service. Alliant Energy says it may be Friday before all are restored.

More than 11,000 Linn County customers, most in Cedar Rapids, are now without power as high winds bring down lines in the Marion area, according to Alliant spokesman Ryand Stensland.

"We lost part of Marion due to a downed line on Highway 13," Stensland emailed. "We have had galloping lines in that area, impacting both Cedar Rapids and Marion."

About 23,000 Alliant customers are without power across the system.

"Looks like 24 hours before we get most back on as our crews are having a bugger of a time getting anywhere right now with travel," Stensland wrote in an email.

"Weather is playing a factor in getting the folks back on in Urbana and looks like it may be this evening before we can get them back on," Stensland emailed.

About 400 Urbana customers lost power when a transmission line went down at 4:42 a.m. Crews initially hoped to restore service by 1 p.m.

About 13,000 Alliant Energy customers, most of them in Tama, Marshall, and Jasper counties, are without power.

Outages continue for about 1,400 Cedar Rapids area customers and 600 in Walford.

"The wind is the primary culprit in causing the outage," he said. "Getting the power restored, that's where the snow comes in. It's making some areas almost impassable. It's a heavy snow, and especially in the rural areas it's a challenge."

"We haven't moved crews from one part of the state to another, just because we're still in the middle of a storm," Stensland said.
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