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MIDWEST POWER BEGINS ASSESSING DAMAGE TO ITS FACILITIES, CAUSED BY FLOODING

 DES MOINES, Iowa, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As flood waters recede in Des Moines, Midwest Power has begun assessing damage to its facilities caused by the flooding.
 Several of Midwest Power's substations in Des Moines and West Des Moines sustained extensive flood damage. Equipment damaged included control panels for circuit breakers, protection relays and batteries. The damage occurred in both transmission and distribution substations. The preliminary assessment of damage at one substation near downtown Des Moines was done by personnel in boats because of the high waters.
 Initial estimates of damage and other flood-related costs incurred by Midwest Power indicate that the costs will be several million dollars. Company officials have not yet calculated a dollar estimate, because it is unknown how much of the damaged equipment can be repaired or will have to be replaced. Much of this cost will be capitalized.
 While Midwest Power has insurance coverage for the loss, company officials say it could take several months before the amount of recovery from insurance is determined.
 The flooding, which began affecting Midwest Power facilities on July 10, disrupted electric service to 50,000 Des Moines-area customers, including the city's downturn area.
 Midwest Gas has also been affected by the flooding in Des Moines, but the damage is not extensive. Approximately 1,500 customers do not have service because they are flooded out.
 Midwest Power and Midwest Gas are the electric and gas divisions of Midwest Power Systems Inc., a Des Moines-based utility company. Midwest Power serves 417,000 electric customers in Iowa and South Dakota, and Midwest Gas provides natural gas service to 370,000 customers in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
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 /CONTACT: Phil Lindner of Midwest Power, 515-242-4303/


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