Corn Belt Power provides derecho assistance

Corn Belt Power Cooperative crews assisted with power restoration in central Iowa fol-lowing severe weather from the Aug. 10 derecho. Front row (l to r): Mark Saxton, Reed Dreyer, Connor Almond, Ryan Conlon, Travis Hefty, Mike Devers, Justin Hinners, Matt Wittrock, Adam Bird, Dean Jensen and Randy Rohr. Back row: Ethan Miller, Devin Chesler, Ethan Petersen, Jeff Codner and Shane Darr. Submitted photo.

On Monday, Aug. 10, a powerful weather event known as a derecho devastated parts of central Iowa.
The storm left thousands without power and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Corn Belt Power Cooperative sustained little damage with 17 broken poles in its service territory. Other utility sys-tems weren’t so lucky. Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIP-CO) sustained heavy damage. More than 2,000 power poles were broken statewide.
After quickly repairing the damage to its own system, Corn Belt Power Cooperative sent 16 employees to assist CIPCO with their restoration effort.
At the height of the outage event, more than 60,000 cooperative member accounts were without power.
“Lending a hand is something we’re happy to do,” said Ken Kuyper, executive vice president and general manager, Corn Belt Power Cooperative. Read more about it in this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper.

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