Thousands lose electricity in Rock Island and Henry counties

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More than 4,700 MidAmerican Energy customers in eastern Rock Island and northwestern Henry counties lost electricity Thursday morning, January 10, 2013.

Initial reports from emergency responders indicated a man suffered electrical shock when he was working in a bucket truck as part of a contracting crew near Illini hospital in Silvis and he came in contact with a live power line. 

A spokesperson for MidAmerican Energy said the man did not actually make contact with the power line and that he was not shocked.

Police said the man was taken to the hospital to be examined. 

The majority of the outages were in Silvis, Illinois, where more than 3,200 outage were reported at about 9 a.m.  More than 300 customers in Colona and more than 800 in Carbon Cliff also lost power.  Nearly 100 East Moline customers and nearly 200 county residents were also affected by the outage.

By about 9:40 a.m., fewer than 2,000 MidAmerican customers in that area remained without electricity.  By 10:30 a.m., all but about 20 customers had service restored.