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Bloomfield Takes Next Steps to Repair Electric Issue and Prevent Future Service Disruptions

Bloomfield takes next steps to repair electric issue and prevent future service disruptions

City officials appreciate community’s understanding and support

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (September 30, 2019) — The City of Bloomfield is working to repair its electric system following this weekend’s power outage. The permanent repairs should be complete by the end of the week.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience on Saturday night while we worked to get power back on,” said Dan Wiegand, Bloomfield Mayor. “We apologize for any inconvenience that it may have caused.”

“I would also like to extend my gratitude to the city crew and Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative for working in extreme conditions late into the night and early morning to get electric service restored.”

Electric service went down about 7:30 p.m. Saturday night for all households that receive power from the City of Bloomfield. The likely cause was weather related, starting with lightning strikes in the area, excessive moisture in the substation cabinet, and the failure of the cabinet heater to dry the moisture. 

The first priority was getting the EMS radio system restored. The radios were down for roughly 10 minutes. Power was restored to half of the households by 11:30 p.m. The remaining households had power back around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Those working on the repairs included seven city Public Works Department employees, including Director Danny Simonson. SIEC sent four employees to assist. Three representatives from electric supplier Shermco also came to Bloomfield from Cedar Rapids. The non-electricians worked until around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Wiegand and Garrett left around 6 a.m. The electric department employees and Simonson stayed on site until around 10 a.m. 

The crew was able to get power back on, but Wiegand described the fix as a “bandage solution” right now. The city will be working this week on permanent repairs. Residents are asked to be conservative on electricity until the repairs are complete. Businesses such as Davis County Hospital and Clinics, Success Bank, and Citizens Mutual, which have backup generators— will be using them to help reduce the load. The Davis County Community School District dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Monday so that the schools didn’t have to run air conditioners in the afternoon when temperatures rose. The School District will be cycling its air conditioning the remainder of the week to reduce electric usage.

“We appreciate everyone pitching in to help the city through this time,” Wiegand said. “It says a lot about community spirit and being able to work together to weather a storm, no pun intended.”

If the city needs to cut power for any reason during the repair process, the outages will be scheduled and done at times when they will be least disruptive to customers. The city plans to keep everyone updated through its website (www.cityofbloomfield.org) and social media. 

The city doesn’t have a final figure on how much repairs will cost, but it could be as much as $100,000 — for the materials and labor, starting with the initial repairs from Saturday night. This week, the city will focus on repairing the T1 transformer, replacing wire from the T1 transformer to the T1 house, replacing busbars in the T1 house, and replacing any underground cable. Busbars are metallic strips or bars used in power distribution to connect high voltage equipment.