Truck hits power pole, knocks out power to thousands in FD

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari A power pole leans into the road at North 15th Street and 28th Avenue North as Fort Dodge Police Sgt. Steve Hanson, right, stops traffic on the road.

A truck carrying heavy equipment hit a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, causing more than 2,200 Fort Dodge customers to lose power.

The pole was located at the intersection of 15th Street and 28th Avenue North.

Sgt. Steve Hanson, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the truck carrying the equipment was on North 15th Street and trying to turn onto 28th Avenue North.

That truck hit the pole, causing it to lean and knocking out power to 2,253 customers, according to Adam Jacobi, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy Co.

The report came in at 2:46 p.m.

The boundaries within the outage were the following:

∫ North boundary: 1600 block of Webster County Road P56

∫ West boundary: Intersection of 170th Street and National Avenue

∫ South boundary: 2200 block of Second Avenue North

∫ East boundary: 3100 block of Second Avenue North

By 3:40 p.m., Jacobi said most of the customers had their power restored.

“We still have 260 customers still affected,” he said. “We expect those repairs to take approximately an hour.”

Fort Dodge Senior High was one of the places affected by the outage.

Jennifer Lane, Fort Dodge Community School District director of communications, said the high school lost power for about 40 to 45 minutes.