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85,000 Ameren Illinois Customers Restored; 150,000 Still Out of Service Due to Extensive Winter Storm Damage
Ameren Illinois utility companies announced today that they have restored more than 85,000 customers in the wake of serious storm damage from the Dec. 1 ice storm that hit the region. More than 235,000 Illinois customers lost power Dec. 1 due to the impact of severe icing; 150,000 Illinois customers are still out of power.

Most customers are expected to be restored by Wednesday. However, some areas that had significant ice build-up and more rural areas where conditions are difficult may wait until Thursday or Friday for restoration.

East Central and South West Illinois were the hardest hit areas. More than 70 Illinois towns and cities that were without power have been restored. Approximately 40 others with substantial damage are closer to restoration (see list below).

As of today, approximately half of the 7,000 workers engaged in the two-state restoration effort are working in Illinois. This represents the largest workforce contingency Ameren companies have ever mounted to battle storm conditions. Another 150 line workers will be arriving today and tomorrow. Utility workers have come from 14 states to support the effort.

Treacherous working conditions continue to cause difficulty for crews in the field, and conditions remain quite dangerous. Customers should call in to report any downed wires or other dangerous situations. Customers should stay away from downed wires and seek shelter from cold winter conditions.

Illinois Towns Entirely Without Power That Have Been Restored

AmerenIP: Cooksville, Danvers, Downs, Ellis Grove, Ellsworth, Goodfield, Kappa, Latham, Leroy, Mackinaw, Mansfield, Mechanicsburg, Millstadt, Monticello, Mt. Pulaski, Prairie du Rocher, Renault, Ruma, Stanford

AmerenCILCO: Atwood, Berlin, Beason, Bement, Broadwell, Elkhart, Garrett, Hammond, Ivesdale, Kenney, Pierson Mt. Pulaski, Pierson, Riverton, Rochester, Sherman, Spaulding, Springfield, Williamsville,

AmerenCIPS: Anchor, Arrowsmith, Assumption, Bellflower, Blue Mound, Buckley, Charlotte, Chatsworth, Cissna Park, Clarence, Cullom, Delrey, Dewey, East Lynn, Eliot, Fairbury, Fisher, Foosland, Forest, Gibson City, Gifford, Goodwine, Guthrie, Loda, Ludlow, Macon, Melvin, Mowequa, Onarga, Paxton, Penfield, Piper City, Rankin, Ridgeville, Roberts, Saybrook, Sibley, Strawn, Thawville, Tower Hill, Weston

Towns With Substantial Damage That Significant Progress Has Been Made

AmerenIP: Argenta, Bearsdale, Bethalto, Bingham, Bloomington-Normal, Casner, Clinton, Coffeen, Colfax, Fillmore, Hallsville, Illiopolis, Hamel, Lebanon, Long Creek, Madison, Mahomet, Maroa, Mechanicsburg, Morrisonville, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Olive, Niantic, Oakley, Oreana, Ramsey, Raymond, Taylor Springs, Trenton, Vandalia, Wapella, Wilsonville, Worden, Witt

AmerenCIPS: Taylorville

AmerenCILCO: Chestnut, Cornland, Grandview, Hallsville, Lake Fork, Riverton, Urban, Waynesville

With today's substantial progress in restoring power, customers who are out of power should call into the Ameren companies' contact centers 888-672-5252\- AmerenCILCO; 888-789-2477 AmerenCIPS; and 800-755-7000 AmerenIP.

Ameren, through its operating companies, serves 2.4 million electric and one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Illinois and Missouri.

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