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Transmission failure leaves Monroe without power

Update: MidAmerican officials said it identified damage to the substation in Monroe and expect have the power back on around 10:30 p.m.

MONROE — A power outage in Monroe means Jasper County is a little darker this afternoon. MidAmerican Energy spokesman Adam Jacobi said the outage, which has affected 1,471 customers, is a transmission issue at the Monroe substation. Jacobi said Mi American isn’t sure what’s causing the transmission issue, but until power patrols are able to track the issue down, Monroe residents will have to watch the end of Saturday football games on their cell phones.

The north boundary of the outage is the 7200 block of route 14, the west boundary is 600 block of Carpenter Street., the south boundary is the 400 block of Hickory Lane and the east boundary is 11800 block of Spencer Street.

Jacobi said MidAmerican can’t dispatch a repair crew until the patrols have found the source of the outage, which means Monroe residents may be without power for several more hours while workers search for the source of the problem. Still, Jacobi said he didn’t expect the outage to extend into Sunday.

“I would be very surprised if it was a tomorrow thing, but until we know exactly what happened I can’t commit to a time,” Jacobi said. “It could be any of a number of different causes, it takes some time in a more rural area to patrol and find the cause so we can fix it.”

For more information about the outage, included estimated repair times, affected residents can check MidAmerican’s web site, www.midamericanenergy.com for the latest updates.

Contact David Dolmage at 641-792-3121 ext. 6532 or ddolmage@newtondailynews.com

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