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Mutual Aid Program Provides Emergency Assistance

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020

CFU line workers aid Ames after 2020 derecho

In the event of a natural disaster municipal utilities across the state rely on each other for emergency support as part of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Mutual Aid Program.

Participating electric, gas, water and broadband utilities including CFU stand ready with backup equipment, materials and personnel to aid local communities. The program helps ensure vital services are restored as soon as possible.

When the recent derecho swept through the state, it decimated much of the infrastructure needed to provide power to neighboring communities. 

CFU sent out four crews to Traer, Dysart and Ames. All three communities were without power and called for emergency assistance.

When CFU needs support, our neighbors are also there to reciprocate. Earlier this year when Cedar Falls experienced a wind storm that caused widespread damage, crews from Waverly and Independence helped get power restored within 24 hours.

"We are always happy to provide assistance to other municipalities when they are dealing with an emergency," says Bill Skubal, CFU Director of Electric, Gas and Water Operations. 

"Utilities are essential and getting people restored as quickly as possible is vital. It is great to know when we have a similar situation, we can count on their support to get our customers the services they need."