Power outages can be caused by many things including the following:
Storms—Wind, heat, ice, and snow are the most common causes of widespread power outages.
Lightning—When lightning strikes transmission towers,
wires, and poles, outages occur.
Animals—Squirrels, birds, and other small animals are
a common cause for power lines to short circuit.
Trees—During high winds, or trimming by an untrained professional, limbs can come into contact with power lines, causing power interruptions.
Excavation Digging—Underground cables are commonly disturbed by digging. Practice safety when you dig and always call Iowa One Call first at 811.
High Power Demand—During heat waves and other times of unusually high power demand, overburdened electric cables, transformers, and other electrical equipment can melt and fail.
Vehicles—Occasionally, vehicle accidents with a utility pole cause power outages.
If you experience a power outage or notice a problem with our power lines, call us at 1.866.242.4232, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.