Dairyland crews help restore power to thousands of Iowans after derecho destroys grids

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse offered mutual assistance to Central Iowa Power Cooperative when a rare but powerful system of storms left more than 60,000 of the Iowa cooperative’s customers without power.

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Dozens of power poles await Dairyland Power crews after the derecho. More than 220 poles were down in  their section. (Dairyland Power photo)

Several crews from the La Crosse-based Dairyland Power went to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area to help after the derecho raked the Hawkeye State with widespread and fast-moving storms.
The storms spawned wind speeds of more than 100 mph during their sweep from Nebraska through Indiana.

“There were roughly 220 poles down in the two sections of line that the Dairyland crews were working on,” said Dustin Rosemeyer, Dairyland’s line construction supervisor.

Shannon Duwe, Dairyland’s transmission line manager, said, “Many of our construction guys left from the jobs they were working on and never had a chance to go home to pack.
“I really want to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped out,” Duwe said. “Stepping in to provide service when needed without question is highly valued and shows true commitment.”
Thousands of power customers went days without power, and some didn’t get electricity back for more than two weeks.
In addition to power outages and damages to businesses, homes and infrastructures, the storms also destroyed or damaged nearly 50 percent of Iowa’s corn and soybean crops.