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MidAmerican Energy Sends Dozens of Employees to Assist with New York Power Restoration Following Powerful Nor’easters

DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 9, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company today dispatched 78 employees to Rye, New York, to help utility crews restore power after two major winter storms in a week initially left 200,000 people without electricity.

As of Friday afternoon, New York-based energy company Con Edison reported nearly 13,000 customers still without power.

MidAmerican Energy’s response follows Con Edison’s mutual aid request. Over the past week Con Edison crews have worked around the clock responding to damage caused by two nor’easters. Forecasters warn that a third major storm could threaten the area early next week.

On Friday morning, MidAmerican Energy sent caravans of 62 lineworkers and 16 support staff from across its service area – including operations managers and supervisors, safety supervisors, engineering technicians and mechanics – to help repair infrastructure and restore electrical service. The crews are expected to arrive in Rye, near New York City, on Saturday.

“These were extraordinary back-to-back winter storms that impacted residents, heavily damaged the area’s infrastructure, and put huge burdens on crews working around the clock to restore electricity,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s President and CEO, said. “Our crews will do what they do best, which is work hard and work safely to assist those who need our help the most. I’m proud – but not surprised – that our employees answered the call.”

Con Edison reports that 2,000 company and mutual aid workers are restoring electricity. Recovery efforts are expected to continue for at least several days.

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MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed at MidAmerican Energy Company's website.