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Contractor knocks out power to 1,600 in Moline

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More than 1,600 homes and businesses in Moline lost electricity just before noon Monday, August 26, 2013.

A spokesperson for MidAmerican Energy said a third-party contractor struck a pole to cause the power outage at 11:51 a.m.

Power was lost to homes and businesses along and near Avenue of the Cities between Moline High School and Interstate 74.  The general area of the outage was between 11th Avenue on the north and 34th Avenue on the south, 23rd Street on the west and 35th Street on the east.

At the height of the outage, 1,633 outages were reported in that general area.  About 1,000 of those customers had service restored by about 1:10 p.m.

The spokesperson said the utility expected to restore service to the remaining outage locations within a few additional hours.

Fewer than 100 of those customers were still without power as of 2 p.m.