Ameren Illinois field crews and contractors restored service to more than 47,000 customers left without power after the first winter storm of the season. Heavy snow on power lines, as well as high winds caused scattered outages throughout the Ameren Illinois territory. A majority of the outages occurred along the I-74 corridor from Peoria to Galesburg, as well as areas in rural western Illinois.
“We appreciate the patience of our customers. Our crews worked tirelessly over the weekend to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said Richard J. Mark, President, Ameren Illinois. “We had more than 600 employees and contract workers responding to this winter storm.”
All customers impacted by the storm were restored by 10:00 Sunday morning. During the storm, more than 47,000 customers lost power. The peak customer outages occurred at approximately 2:00 Saturday afternoon with 27,697 out of power. To coordinate restoration efforts, Ameren Illinois personnel activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at noon Saturday, and returned to normal operations at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois. Our mission is to power the quality of life. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com, find us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois or Facebook.