CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Alliant Energy says they hope to have power restored to most, if not all, of their customers by sundown Tuesday night. A spokesman for Alliant said crews have been working since the middle of the night to restore power to neighborhoods across Cedar Rapids.
“These guys are used to working with this stuff everyday, this is what we live for, this is what we train for,” said Justin Foss with Alliant Energy.
Foss said as of about three o’clock Tuesday afternoon only about one thousand people in Cedar Rapids were without power.
Neighborhoods hit particularly hard by the storms were on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Near Jefferson High School dozens of large trees and tree branches knocked down power lines, creating a mess for residents and lineman crews working to restore power.
“It just is what it is,” said Kent Fry, who has been without power since late Monday night. “We see them working on it.”
Crews were seen bringing in new poles to hang lines from, others cut trees away from downed lines.