MidAmerican Energy crews respond to significant line damage in NW Iowa

MidAmerican Energy Company dispatched dozens of electric line workers, trucks and equipment, including emergency generators, to restore electric service to thousands of customers in northwest Iowa affected by Thursday’s storm.

Extremely high winds, along with snow and ice, downed more than 50 transmission line poles between Rock Valley and Inwood in Lyon County. The storm also knocked down 20 transmission line poles along a four-mile stretch between Sioux Center and Orange City in Sioux County.

At one point Thursday morning, storms affected electric service to more than 3,400 customers in northwest Iowa, including areas near Storm Lake, Sheldon, Orange City, Inwood and Rock Valley.

Crew are responding to other impacted areas as well. Observers reported galloping, or bouncing, overhead lines in many areas. Galloping, which can damage overhead lines and topple poles, may occur in high winds and icy conditions.

MidAmerican Energy assigned more than 100 line workers and support crews from northwest Iowa and other areas across the state to respond to customer restoration efforts, in addition to calling in outside contractor crews to assist.

The company is also delivering portable emergency generators from elsewhere in Iowa to assist customers whose service will likely be disrupted for several days.

MidAmerican Energy will identify those customers and contact them directly to offer that option.

Company officials reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines. To report a downed line, call 800-799-4443.