Planned Power Outage Happens on Hottest Day of the Season

By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Tuesday's hot weather had some in Cedar Rapids sweating it, considering they didn't have power for part of the day.

Alliant Energy officials said they needed to upgrade the voltage levels on some of their power lines.

The planned outage impacted about 300 people on the northwest side. Alliant shut off power around 9:30 that morning and turned it back on before 1:30 p.m.

While it was a minor inconvenience for some, others said the outage was potentially dangerous to pets and the elderly. A few wondered why Alliant didn't postpone the shutdown to a cooler date.

Power company officials said they couldn't. They said there was a potential for storms that evening and they wanted the system working at normal operating procedure.

“It needed to be done as soon as possible and that's really from a system reliability standpoint,” said Ryan Stensland, an Alliant spokesman.

Some good news about the outage, it was planned to take seven hours. Crews were able to complete work in about four.

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