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Iowa public power utilities help City of Ames with power restoration efforts

A number of Iowa public power utilities are helping the City of Ames, Iowa, with power restoration efforts at the city recovers from an Aug. 10 storm.

On Aug. 10, the city tweeted that all of Ames was without power and noted that Ames Electric Services crews were checking lines.

Since that day, Ames Electric Services has been making steady progress in restoring power to its customers. Ames reported that 80% of Ames Electric Services customers had been restored Tuesday night (Aug. 11).

Ames has received mutual aid from other public power communities.

“We’ve received help from Algona, Denison, Cedar Falls Utilities, Webster City, Lehigh, Zoske from Cedar Falls, Ogden, and Glidden,” the city said in an Aug. 13 Facebook post.

Throughout the week, the city has provided customers with regular updates on restoration efforts.

The city has posted grid and tree and debris update videos from Donald Kom, Director of Electric Services, and Susan Gwiasda, Public Information Officer on its YouTube channel and shared the videos on its Facebook page.