Malfunction blamed for power outage in Cherokee

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It was not a good start to the new year for 427 homes in Cherokee on New Year's Eve.

Sunday night, the power flickered the first time at 5:39 p.m. and came back on, but at 6:30 p.m. residents were left with no power for a little under two hours until it came back on at 8:20 p.n. This outage left many without any heat source for the duration on an evening for which the outside temperature reached record cold, including a reported 26 degrees below zero in Cherokee.

According to representatives from MidAmerican Energy out of the Des Moines office, the outage was due to equipment malfunction of a phase one power line, which is the main line that goes from pole to pole. The cause for the failure is not known at this time. Crews were sent out and the repair of the line was made and power restored to a reported 427 anxious Cherokee customers.

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