A construction mishap is blamed for causing a power outage that impacted about 2,500 homes and businesses in Waterloo Friday morning (June 2, 2017).

Ashton Hockman, media relations representative for Mid-American Energy, said the outage occurred when a contractor hit a utility line while working near Mullan Avenue and Sycamore Street. Mullan Avenue, which is the southbound route for U.S. Highway 63 traffic through downtown Waterloo, is currently closed due to a reconstruction project.

Hockman said the outage occurred just before 8 a.m. and lasted about 30 minutes, with electricity being completely restored to all 2,549 affected customers by 8:32 a.m.

The area of the outage was bordered by the 100 block of River Road (north), 400 block of Sunset Road (south), 720 block of South Street (east) and 1100 block of Campbell Avenue (west).

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