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MidAmerican Energy Restores Service to 15,000 Customers in Northwest Iowa; Additional Customers to be Restored Today

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 – (April 11, 2013) – Since Tuesday afternoon, MidAmerican Energy Company line workers, tree crews and contractors have made significant progress in restoring electricity to its customers impacted by winter weather in northwest Iowa.

The ice storm that struck areas, including Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties, caused broken poles, downed power lines, and damaged equipment. The weather system that moved through the Midwest caused the northwest portion of MidAmerican Energy’s service territory to receive one- to two-inches of ice, approximately six inches of snow, high winds and muddy conditions. The same weather system caused major icing in South Dakota and severe weather, including tornadoes, in Missouri. Despite dangerous conditions, crews continue to work around-the-clock to restore service to customers.

Since the weather event began, MidAmerican Energy has had approximately 200 employees and contractors working in northwest Iowa. The company brought in additional MidAmerican Energy crews from the following areas to assist with restoration efforts: Avoca, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Ida Grove, Iowa City, Missouri Valley, Oskaloosa/Knoxville, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Storm Lake and Waterloo. In addition, MidAmerican Energy also brought in contract line workers from Des Moines, Iowa; Quad Cities, Iowa; Lawrence, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri.

From 2 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, MidAmerican Energy had restored service to approximately 15,000 customers. Approximately 10,000 of those customers had power restored within one hour. Another 3,600 had power restored within one to six hours, and approximately 860 had power restored within six to 12 hours.

Crews are working to restore service to customers who have been without power the longest. As of this morning, MidAmerican Energy was down to 100 customers without power; however, additional outages are occurring today as tree branches break and fall on power lines and equipment, causing additional damage to the electrical system. Today, crews also are restoring power to customers impacted by these new outages.

MidAmerican Energy will continue to 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 734,000 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, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.