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DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 30, 2014) – MidAmerican Energy Company is committed to providing safe and reliable electric service to its customers and encourages homeowners to be aware of how trees and landscaping near power lines can impact their electric service. Fallen trees or debris from trees cause seven to 10 percent of electric outages and create hazardous situations when they knock down electrical wires and poles. Trees must be pruned or removed to alleviate safety hazards and improve service reliability.
Tree maintenance crews have been working to maintain vegetation around MidAmerican Energy’s facilities throughout its service territory, including Avoca, Bettendorf, Charles City, Charter Oak, Clarinda, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Ida Grove, Iowa City, Knoxville, Le Mars and Waterloo, Iowa, as well as East Moline and Reynolds, Illinois.
MidAmerican Energy contracts with companies that specialize in tree trimming to perform the work and crews are supervised by International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists. Customers are notified by mail approximately three weeks before services are scheduled in their neighborhood. There is no service charge assessed to perform the work.
Property owners should contact MidAmerican Energy before choosing to care for landscaping near power lines. If you, your equipment, or the branches you touch come into contact with energized lines, you could be seriously injured, if not killed. If you are concerned about trees near power lines on your property, contact MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company is recognized as a Tree Line USA utility. Tree Line USA is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and recognizes public and private utilities across the nation that demonstrates practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests.
About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 739,000 customers and natural gas service to 719,000 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.