IOWA DERECHO 2020

5,000 still without power in Linn County Saturday night

Electricity expected to be restored in most of Cedar Rapids Monday: Iowa Utilities Board

A lineman works at restoring power in an alley behind B Avenue NE in northeast Cedar Rapids this past Wednesday. (Jim Sl
A lineman works at restoring power in an alley behind B Avenue NE in northeast Cedar Rapids this past Wednesday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Slightly more than 5,000 Alliant Energy customers in Linn County remained without power Saturday evening. Some of them might have to wait another day, according to one estimate.

As of 5 p.m., 5,197 of Alliant’s Linn County customers still were waiting for their electricity to come back on. In Johnson County, all its customers had power.

MidAmerican Energy had restored power to all its Iowa City area customers as of midweek, and Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative had restored all its customers’ power as of Saturday morning.

According to data from the Iowa Utilities Board, Cedar Rapids is estimated to achieve full restoration on Monday.

Electricity for Marion is anticipated to be fully restored on Sunday. that city’s power earlier had been expected to be back on by the end of the day Saturday.

Alliant Vice President of Business Development Joel Schmidt on Friday announced Project Reconnect — a partnership between Alliant and four not-for-profits aimed at assisting homeowners by repairing their exterior electrical systems at no cost.

Alliant is partnering with United Way of East Central Iowa, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Mid-Iowa Community Action and Community Action of Eastern Iowa. More details are expected to be released early this coming week, according to Alliant spokesman Mike Wagner.

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On Saturday afternoon, more than 10,000 Mediacom customers were offline in the Cedar Rapids area, Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters said.

“Our Mediacom network had severe damage in multiple places, involving many miles of fiber that has temporarily been reactivated,” Peters told The Gazette on Saturday.

Peters said it will be getting a permanent replacement in the future.

“To restore services, we have added many more techs to help with repairs,” she said. She cited “lots of hardline damage in various spots and dropped cable to be reattached at homes or the nearby connection point.”

ImOn had updates on Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, it had reported 61 percent of its customers were back online.

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