STORY COUNTY, Iowa — Thousands of people in Ames and surrounding areas were without power Saturday afternoon.
The City of Ames said the power outage began at 12:35 p.m., affecting approximately 26,000 customers in the entire Ames Electric Services territory. Many Ames customers had electricity restored by 1:35 p.m. The remaining customers were restored by 2:35 p.m.
After the outage was reported, Ames Electric Services focused on transmission lines to find a solution. The Ames Power Plant has been undergoing maintenance, so electricity was being supplied by sources outside Ames. Crews discovered a fault on a transmission line between Ames and Des Moines. Power was then rerouted through other transmission lines, repowering customers throughout the afternoon.
“Thanks for your patience. Enjoy your AC, ice cream or however you want to celebrate!” said the City of Ames on Facebook.
Approximately 2,000 Alliant Energy customers were without power from Kelley to Ames. Alliant Energy restored power to their customers around 3 p.m.
Many were left without air conditioning during the outages, and heat index temperatures climbed to triple digits.