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Waterloo power outages hit more than 2,000 customers

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More than 2,000 Waterloo Mid-American energy customers experienced a power outage today.

The outage wasn't storm related.

It happened a little before 1 p.m. this afternoon and lasted for nearly an hour.

Mid-American workers say some of their equipment malfunctioned, which affected two circuits in the area.

Power has been restored for those businesses, but for about an hour they were without power, which meant no air conditioning

On a day like today, where it was scorching hot, it became a little frustrating.   

For an hour, closed doors and signs that read "Our power is currently out,"  was the sight near San Marnan drive.

A power outage in the middle of this hot June day.

Waterloo resident Mark Fanning was out running errands today. It turned challenging as he found himself running back and forth between businesses without power.

"I was at Wal-Mart and at the front door there was security people, and they had said that we won't be open till about 10 minutes because we had a power outage."

Mid-American says 2,000 customers were affected after a piece of equipment malfunctioned.

Not giving more information other than two circuits quit working.

The malfunction caused multiple businesses near San Marnan and Flammang drive to go without power for nearly an hour.

Olive Garden, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hy-Vee, and BioLife Plasma Services all said their power went out around 1 p.m. 

Some businesses shut their doors, while others improvised.

The BioLife managers said it was an inconvenience.

Some businesses did have back-up generators that allowed them to keep their doors open.

After an hour, Mid-American restored the power.

Once power was restored, several people were back in business, like Fanning, who went on with their weekend errands.

"It is hot, but I'm braving it pretty good," said Fanning. "Keep hydrated, that's the main thing."

Mid-American says all power has been restored as of 1:30p.m. It took three crews to get the power back up and running.

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