Ameren Missouri is making significant progress toward restoring power to customers who are impacted by the severe storm and winds that passed through the St. Louis area Wednesday night.
Currently, approximately 24,000 Ameren Missouri customers are without power. Last night, crews from Illinois were called in to assist with restoration efforts as approximately 42,000 customers were without power.
As of Thursday morning, 900 linemen, vegetation workers and field checkers from Ameren Missouri and Illinois are working in the hardest hit areas.
“We are making progress and will continue to work diligently throughout the day to restore power to our customers who have been impacted,” said Michael Moehn, senior vice president of customer operations at Ameren Missouri. “As we continue with restoration efforts, our primary concern is the safety of customers and crew members in the field.”
The most important safety rule is to stay clear of downed power lines and always call Ameren Missouri at 1.800.552.7583 or 911 if you see downed lines. Assume all downed power lines are energized. Stay inside because you may walk into an energized power line. Stay clear of brush, shrubs and downed trees that may hide downed lines.
Also, the company encourages curious bystanders to avoid the hardest hit areas so that crew members can focus on restoration efforts.
While every effort is made to restore power as quickly as possible, customers with special needs—including those with medical conditions, seniors, handicapped and others who are dependent on electric service—may wish to consider making alternative arrangements if outages in their areas persist.
Additional storm safety information is available at the Outage Center on Ameren Missouri’s website site – AmerenMissouri.com.
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Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.
CONTACT: Missouri Communications, 314.554.2182, email@example.com