The Reinig-Toledo Civic Center had electrical power restored about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The building is the voting site for all three Toledo city wards in today's municipal elections. Poll workers were assisting voters with flashlights and battery-powered camping lanterns after the lights went out shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m. A squirrel was reported to be the culprit in the service disruption when it became involved with a transformer at the nearby Pioneer Hi-Bred Production plant.
Power which was lost for the Arrowhead Mobile Home Court and Toledo Heights areas as well as some businesses on Business Route 30 West.
Voters were aided by lanterns and flashlights as they signed in to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center. A squirrel in a transformer is reported to caused poer outage shortly after polls opened.
8:52 a.m.- 11-5-13-TOLEDO- The electrical power went off shortly after the polls for the 2013 city election opened at 7 a.m. this morning at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center. However, voting continues with the aid of flashlights and battery-powered lanterns held by poll workers. A squirrel is reported to be the culprit be becoming involved with a transformer at the Pioneer Hi-Bred plant in Toledo.
Poll workers said emergency lighting came on for about 15 minutes after the lights first went out but then shut off.
Fire Chief Joe Boll said Alliant Energy crews expect the power to be restored by mid-morning. Polls open across Tama County at noon in all other cities except Garwin which, like Toledo, opened at 7 a.m. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.
Also known to be affected by the outage is the Arrowhead Mobile Home Court and some businesses on Business Route 30 on Toledo's west side.