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Ameren Companies Monitoring and Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

Ameren companies are using comprehensive forecasting tools to track the path of Hurricane Isaac and are taking precautionary steps to ensure timely response should remnants of the storm make its way within Ameren’s service territory.

“Every weather event is different and unpredictable,” said Warner Baxter, president and CEO, Ameren Missouri. “That is why we are proactively taking several measures now to better prepare our customers and co-workers to safely address the potential challenges resulting from this storm.”

“The Illinois Emergency Operations Center team is always actively monitoring weather conditions,” said Richard Mark, president and CEO, Ameren Illinois. “As we learn more about how the remnants of Hurricane Isaac may impact our service territory, we will plan our response accordingly.”

Hurricane Isaac’s projected path is predicted to move through Southern Missouri by Friday and into Southern and Central Illinois by Saturday.

The last time remnants of a hurricane made its way into Ameren’s service territory was Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Customers are encouraged to create or update a storm kit in preparation of any future storm. Storm kit tips can be found on Ameren.com.

Ameren reminds customers that safety is the first and foremost concern after any storm.
The most important safety rule is to stay clear of downed power lines and always call Ameren Missouri at 800.552.7583, Ameren Illinois at 800.755.5000, or 9-1-1 if you see downed lines. Assume all downed power lines are energized. Stay inside, especially at night because you may walk into an energized power line. Stay clear of brush, shrubs and trees that may hide downed lines.

With assets of approximately $23 billion, Ameren serves 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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CONTACT: Missouri - Kent Martin, 314.554.2182, missouricommunications@ameren.com
Illinois - Victoria Busch, 618.346.1286, vbusch@ameren.com