That number of restored customers grew by 130,000 since last night alone. A late morning storm July 21 caused service disruptions for an estimated 200,000 additional customers---100,000 in the Metro St. Louis area and 100,000 in Illinois.
STAFFING: More than 3,600 contractors and employees\-up from 2,700 yesterday-- are working to restore power. These workers are from several states.
A number of companies have sent crews and others have committed additional people, so more crews will be arriving in coming days.
PLEASE INFORM LISTENERS, VIEWERS AND READERS IT APPEARS THAT THE MOST RECENT STORM HAS CAUSED an overloaded condition on TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINES SERVING the aMERENue CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTER--- SPECIFICALLY the 314-342-1000 and 314-342-1111 numbers . RATHER THAN DIAL EITHER OF THESE NUMBERS, Customers are asked to use the toll- free number: 1-800-552-7583 -- regardless of their locationS.