Overnight storms caused several outages throughout ECI REC’s service area on May 17, affecting over 800 member-consumers. The heaviest-hit area was just east of Rowley, where winds blew over seven of our power provider, CIPCO’s, transmission poles. This cut power to ECI REC’s Winthrop and Quasqueton substations around 6:30 p.m.
With ECI REC’s integrated technology and automated systems, Operations Manager Gary Marlow was able to switch power over from other substations to reenergize the Winthrop and Quasqueton distribution lines. Power was restored to all member-consumers within 50 minutes. ITC Midwest crews then went sectionalized the line, and began work this morning in the Rowley area to repair and reset those transmission poles and lines.
Additionally, ECI REC dispatched three line crews last evening to assess more possible storm damage. Travis Schellhorn and Ben Donnelly scouted the northern service area, while Kevin Walton and Pat Hyland, along with Dane Peterson and Cole Berger, went to work in the south. These crews found six distribution poles down; their locations indicated a possible storm path about a mile east of Highway 218 and 30 heading northeast through Newhall, Urbana and Shellsburg. Photo by: Shelly Hagen