Storm Center

During Outages

Fallen Lines

  • Stay far away and call.
    Always assume fallen lines are energized. Fallen power lines can hurt or kill you. Never attempt to touch or drive over downed or low-hanging lines. From a safe distance, call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443.

  • Be cautious after storms.
    Fallen lines are most common after storms and high winds. If you are outside after a storm, be alert for lines that may be hard to see in streams or puddles, or hidden by brush or debris.

  • Shuffle, don't run, from a fallen line.
    Shuffle with your feet together and on the ground when moving away from a fallen line. When a live wire touches the ground, electricity travels through the ground in all directions. If you run or take large steps, you increase the chance that electricity could come up one leg and go out the other, and you could be shocked.

  • Stay inside your car.
    If a power line comes down on or near your vehicle, stay in the vehicle until utility crews arrive and make the situation safe. Don't touch metal parts of the vehicle, such as radio knobs, ashtrays, etc. If people come near the car to help, tell them to stay away and call 911 and MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.