Iowa storms cause more than 500-thousand power outages

DES MOINES, Iowa- MidAmerican Energy reports Monday's storms caused 250-thousand outages in their system, including 132-thousand outages in Des Moines.

Council Bluffs also had at least 2,000 outages at one point, Fort Dodge had around 6,000 outages at one point. Outages were also reported in Sioux City and Storm Lake. MidAmerican says at one point there were roughly 50-thousand outages in Iowa City, and 100-thousand in the Quad Cities.

Alliant Energy also reports a quarter of a million power outages across eastern and central Iowa.

MidAmerican Energy Spokesman Geoff Greenwood says due to the enormity of the outages, they are asking for 2,000 additional line workers to come to Iowa from out of state to help restore electricity. He says there is concern about how many workers will come, due to additional demands from other larger cities, also hit by the storm.

Greenwood says the first priority is public safety needs, followed by large transmission lines, with a goal of getting large pockets of the area back on line. Greenwood says, however, some customers may not have electricity restored for days.

He says the storms caused extensive tree damage that must be cleared from roads and lines first, before repairs can be made safely.

The utility companies are urging residents to consider any power line, that's down to be live, and stay away from it, and keep kids away from it as well, and contact the utility company.

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