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Update: Mechanical failure causes outage

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Update: Mid American crews say Saturday's outage was caused by a mechanical failure. 

They say the affected breaker was isolated. So, repairs can be made while customers' power can remain working.

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According to a few Mid-American customers, their power is back on after an outage Saturday.

A company spokesperson confirms, power was restored at 6:45 p.m.

We are still working to confirm what caused the circuit outage.

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Nearly 3,500 people are without power after circuits went out in the Waterloo area.

Mid American Energy says four circuits are out and causing a widespread power outage.

The power outage was reported just before 6 p.m.

Mid American Energy says 3,455 customers have been affected in Waterloo with 246 other customers affected in surrounding towns.

Mid American says a crew is on scene working to find the cause of the circuit outage. 

Stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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