More than 200,000 customers in Iowa waiting to get electricity back

Crews worked to restore power to thousands of Iowans following Monday's derecho.
Crews worked to restore power to thousands of Iowans following Monday's derecho.(KCRG)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 9:08 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - As of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, at least 200,000 electric customers still did not have power following Monday’s derecho.

According to Alliant Energy’s outage chart, more than 148,000 customers across the state are without power. More than 77,000 of those customers are in Linn County.

Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative said it has restored power back to more than half of its members, and about 14,000 customers are still without power.

“Linn County REC line crews are continuing to work on the damage to our distribution system,” Linn County REC said in a press release. “Over 200 poles and more than 75 miles of power line were damaged from Monday’s storm.”

Linn County REC said 20 out of its 39 substations have power back.

“Restoration in other areas will not take place until the power supply comes back on,” officials said. “More outside crews have arrived today to assist us with restoration. We now have 32 additional linemen helping with repairs on our system.”

REC said there’s not an exact timeline on restoration as crews continue to clean-up debris and replace broken poles.

MidAmerican said a little more than 81,000 of its customers are waiting to get power back.

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