He said power was out for about an hour while crews visually inspected the lines to make sure there wasn’t a major problem.
Like the power crews, firefighters can’t decide whether to go out on calls in this weather. And when weather gets this cold, fires from things like portable heaters can be a real risk.
Firefighters have an additional concern when temperatures drop this low. It doesn’t take long for the water they use to put out a fire to make the area nearby an ice rink. If necessary, they can call public works to spread some sand on the ice, but it still makes for a difficult situation.
Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said that hadn’t happened as of noon Monday, and he was happy to kep it that way.
“Be smart when you use portable heaters,” he said, “and don’t start anything that produces carbon monoxide.”
To see the video of water turning into ice in mid-air, visit www.ottumwacourier.com.