DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) – MidAmerican Energy Company sent more crews to the Quad Cities area after ice accumulated overnight and for incoming weather.
Some customers experienced power outages early Tuesday morning. This made the company to be wary for future gusty winds hitting already ice-covered power lines and trees.
“When ice accumulates on power lines and the wind increases, that can cause a phenomenon we call galloping. That’s what happens when wind pushes on the lines and lifts them up, in essence causing them to gallop or jump up and down,” Jim Dougherty, vice president of electric operations, said. “We’re also concerned about ice-covered limbs that can fall onto our lines and equipment.”
The additional crews came from major eastern Iowa cities. The crews included additional line crews and tree cutting crews.