Thousands Of Power Outages Remain In Corridor

By Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Thousands of people are still without power after Monday's storms.

In the Cedar Rapids area, Alliant Energy reported that 10,700 customers are still in the dark — down from a peak of more than 50,000, the company said on Tuesday morning.

The company's Twitter accoung also reported that 805 customers in North Liberty and 1,110 customers in Anamosa were also without power.

Heather Holmes, a spokeswoman for the utility, said the company hopes to have all power restored by sometime Thursday.

“It is a little bit slow going, but we have crews working around the clock,” she said. “We're bringing in people from throughout the whole state.”

Holmes said customers who have been without power for more than 24 hours should call again to report power outages at 1-800-ALLIANT.

At 8:30 this morning, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative had 2,400 members without power, according to its website. Officials were not available to comment, but the website said about 5,000 members had power restored overnight.

The Crews from Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative in Bloomfield and Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative in Albia are helping with restoration efforts.

“The remaining outages are scattered throughout our service territory, but nearly 1,800 are in Linn County,” the cooperative said on its website. “The remaining work is removing trees, which is time consuming and generally prevents larger numbers of services to be restored at one time. Bridge closures are also a challenge at this time.”

Meanwhile in Iowa City, MidAmerican Energy said 20 homes are still without power, which the company expects to have restored by 1 p.m. today.

Officials from both Mediacom Cable and ImOn Communications said the companies are waiting for commercial power to be restored before they are able to assess if other damages occurred.

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