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MidAmerican Energy Works to Restore Power Following Massive Blizzard

For more information, contact:
Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 20, 2012) – A massive blizzard is impacting a significant portion of MidAmerican Energy Company’s service territory, resulting in treacherous conditions as the company works around-the-clock to restore service to its customers.

Since 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, MidAmerican Energy has restored service to 134,000 customers; the Des Moines metro area was the most significantly impacted. Currently, 30,212 customers throughout the service territory remain without service, including nearly 28,709 in the Des Moines area and 1,261 in the Quad Cities area. Travel conditions continue to be extremely dangerous and many roads are impassable, which is slowing the restoration process.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, throughout its service territory, MidAmerican Energy has 258 linemen working on the restoration efforts. In addition, the company has brought in 212 contract line workers and 143 contractor workers specifically to work on tree-related issues that impact power restoration. The contract workers are from Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska. These 613 people are working within a rotating 24/7 restoration work schedule. As conditions improve in neighboring states, MidAmerican Energy will utilize the Midwest mutual assistance program to secure more crews.

High winds are continuing throughout the service territory, and as outages are repaired, new ones are developing. MidAmerican Energy is working closely with the Iowa Department of Transportation and with counties to open roads so that restoration efforts can continue. Due to the severity of travel conditions and system damage, some customers may be without power for 48 to 72 hours.

MidAmerican Energy will continue to assess the damage and will provide its customers with the most up-to-date information possible regarding estimated times of restoration. Customers with questions should call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 and should be assured that restoring power in a safe and efficient manner is MidAmerican Energy’s top priority.

Customers can monitor the progress of outages, find details about outage locations, and read storm-related information by selecting the Storm Center tab on MidAmerican Energy’s website at www.midamericanenergy.com.

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, and its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.