Guidelines offered to ensure safety
With significant rainfall in the last week and more expected during the next few days, Alliant Energy urges customers to be safe around their electric and gas service if flooding occurs in their homes or businesses.
"Already this week we've seen hundreds of wet basements," said Mark Hawley, safety director. "While we are hoping that flooding remains manageable, we want customers to be both prepared and safe regarding their utility service if water does find its way into homes and businesses."
Floods threaten homes in Chelsea in photo taken on Tuesday,May 28, 2013, in Chelsea.
It is important for people to remember that walking through a wet or flooded home or business can be dangerous. Avoid walking in flooded backyards if water is touching ground-mounted electrical transformers or other equipment.
* Never walk through a flooded home or building until the electricity is disconnected. Even a small amount of water on the floor of your basement can put you at risk for electrocution.
* Call Alliant Energy to have gas and electric service disconnected at the meter. If flooding occurs and there is standing water in your home or business, and the power is still on, call Alliant Energy at 1-800-255-4268 to have power disconnected before you step into any standing water. Only start cleaning after the power is off.
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