HMU HELPS RESTORE POWER TO MAPLETON RESIDENTS
(Harlan) Four employees from Harlan Municipal Utilities assisted in the restoration of natural gas services in Mapleton, Iowa after a tornado ripped through the city Saturday night. Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing, and Stakeholder Relations at HMU says they were one of five utilities from around the state called out by the Iowa Municipal Utilities Mutual Aide program.
“HMU gas and meter foreman Al Ickes received a call at around 7:00 a.m. Sunday asking him to put together a crew to help restore the natural gas service to the residents of Mapleton,” stated Hammer. “Ickes, Charlie Conrad, Troy Doonan, and Jeremy Clark helped shut off every gas meter in town and helped repair two large gas leaks.”
Hammer says once those were fixed and electric service was restored, the entire system was pressurized and checked for leaks. The crew then went back to all the houses and businesses, purged the meters, and lit pilot lights.”
An EF3 tornado pounded Mapleton at around 7:20 p.m. Saturday evening ripping a path of destruction to over 60-percent of the town of 1,200 people.