City of Geneseo residents were among the thousands of residents in Western Illinois affected by a MidAmerican Energy power outage on Monday, Feb. 9.

City of Geneseo residents were among the thousands of residents in Western Illinois affected by a MidAmerican Energy power outage on Monday, Feb. 9.

At 6:22 p.m., power outages were first reported, and MidAmerican officials said a problem with a transmission line was to blame.

“Geneseo’s tie line is tied to the MidAmerican system,” said Lewis Opsal, Geneseo’s director of electrical operations.

However, because the city has its own electric utility plant, power was able to be restored in a relatively short amount of time for Geneseo customers.

Once the MidAmerican outage was detected, “Geneseo started the generator at the power plant,” said Opsal, which restored power to the town.

The outage affected all 3,600 Geneseo Municipal Utility customers as well as nearly 12,000 total in MidAmerican’s service area.

Most of the outages were in Henry and Rock Island counties.

While some MidAmerican customers were without power until after 10:30 p.m., the Geneseo outage lasted roughly 30 minutes.

“We were one of the first communities in the area with power back on,” said alderman Carl Freeman. “I thought that was outstanding.”

Freeman paid tribute to the city’s electric department at the Feb. 10 city council meeting.

He also recognized the actions of the police department during the outage.

“Right away they were at the intersection of State Street and Route 6 directing traffic, and that was outstanding as well,” he said.