UPDATE: People in Solon react to power outage

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SOLON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Sam Lensing owns Sam’s Main Street Market in Solon. He had to act fast to save his frozen food when the power went out. He iced down the meat, and covered it with cardboards and wrapping to keep it cool.

He closed the store for the day, and did not let people in. He explains, “Because every time we open that front door, it can raise that store temperature a little bit. And even the store temperatures raising will effect these cases."

The cooling tactic was only temporary, so he hoped the power came back before the end of the day. He says, "It goes further than past this evening then we're going to have to start looking at tossing things.”
Workers at the Solon Public Library spent the outage doing things they wouldn't be able to do when people are there. They covered books, and did some organizing.

Library Director Kris Brown says they were able to do manual checkouts. The big inconvenience there was the computers being down.

She says, "A lot of people come in to make copies or fax items that they need to send off medical papers and so forth, so that kind of interrupts that kind of flow."

Power was restored for the customers near Solon by 12:25 p.m. on July 9.

Alliant Energy says their crews have a replacement transformer in place and are hoping to have electricity restored by 1 p.m.

Alliant Energy's power outage map says there are 1,221 customers without power near Solon.

The outage began at 2:17 a.m. a.m. and crews are on site to turn the power back on. Alliant Energy's website says the outage was caused by their equipment.

The power is expected to be restored by 4 p.m.

You can report an outage by visiting https://outagemap.alliantenergy.com/external/default.html?utm_source=WS&utm_campaign=outage.