Sheldon Auger Incident Causes Power Outages, Damage To Powerlines, Yard Light

Sheldon, Iowa– Another auger incident caused damage to electric lines and power outages in the area on Friday, September 29, 2023 near Sheldon.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:35 a.m., 26-year-old Trevor Schroeder of Remsen was driving a 2012 Freightliner feed truck southbound on Nettle Avenue, a half a mile east and three south of the Highway 18 and Highway 60 interchange at Sheldon.

The report says that Schroeder forgot to stow the truck’s auger, which struck a power line owned by MidAmerican Energy at 3442 Nettle Avenue. The resident of that property stated he lost power at that address. The auger also struck power lines owned by Northwest REC at 3512 Nettle Avenue. Those power lines broke away from a transformer and cut power off from that address. A yard light owned by the property owner also broke when the power line broke away.

The truck was undamaged, but the powerline owned by Northwest REC was valued at $4000. The powerline owned by MidAmerican Energy was valued at $500, and the yard light, owned by Claude Struve was valued at $200.


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