Ameren Missouri restores power to approximately 40,000 customers
- To date Ameren Missouri has restored power to approximately 40,000 customers affected by the storms that came through Thursday night.
- More than 1,500 Ameren Missouri personnel and contractors have been focused this weekend on restoring service.
- We appreciated our customers' patience as co-workers repaired the serious and widespread damage under very hot conditions.
- This storm did a tremendous amount of damage. Knowing the temperatures were going to be dangerously high, and wanting to restore service as quickly and safely as possible, we immediately sought assistance from across the Midwest.
- Today crews from neighboring utilities – including Westar, Empire Electric, Kansas City Power and Light and NIPSCO – worked to restore power for our customers in both states. This is part of the industry's mutual assistance network.
- To expedite repairs, Ameren Missouri used numerous drones to assess damage in hard-to-reach areas. The work resulted in finding the source of the outage faster than having a lineman looking from the ground. The drones also freed up resources to focus on making repairs.
- Damage included large trees blown into power lines which also damaged poles. In the St. Louis region, crews repaired and replaced more than 60 poles. Each of those poles required at least four hours of work for a two-person crew.
- Our crews worked around-the-clock to coordinate and restore service. We remain working tonight to finish the job, with overnight work on remaining single outages continuing into Sunday morning.