More 55,000 of the 63,000 AmerenUE customers who lost power as a result of a severe storm that hit the Metro St. Louis area have been restored.
Most of the affected customers in Jefferson County, Wentzville and St. Charles have been restored. South County customers can expect to be restored by tomorrow morning. Nearly all customers in the hard hit areas north of Highway 40 and in North County, where damage was widespread, are expected to be restored late today, with small groups of customers in those areas to be restored tomorrow.
For outage numbers and other information as the restoration continues, customers can visit the Ameren Web site www.ameren.com, which carries near-real-time information on outage numbers in its “Storm Center.” Customers can also plug in their phone number in the “My Electric Outage” area and get outage information, including restoration times if available.
AmerenUE has brought in 1,000 outside line workers, tree trimmers and other field personnel from throughout Missouri and Illinois to restore power knocked out by a storm that carried multiple lightning strikes and winds that clocked up to 67 miles per hour.
“We thank all our customers for their patience during this period when our crews have been working under difficult conditions due to the hot weather,” says Richard Mark, senior vice president, AmerenUE Energy Delivery. “We are pouring resources into the restoration effort and appreciate the kindness customers have shown crews as they work to get the power back on.”
Ameren, through its subsidiaries, serves 2.4 million electric customers and one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
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