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More Than 27,000 Restored Of Approximately 40,000 Customers Who Lost Power Due To Storm That Hit St. Louis Metro Area
650 Workers Aim to Restore Almost All Customers Today

St. Louis, MO, Saturday,  Aug. 25, 2007 – More than 27,000 of the approximately 40,000 customers who lost power Friday due to a fierce thunderstorm have been restored. 

The company anticipates restoring all customers by this evening.  The hardest-hit areas are in south St. Louis City and County. Approximately 650 line workers, tree trimmers and other field personnel are working to restore customers who lost power due to the storm that moved through the St. Louis Metropolitan area Friday.

            AmerenUE crews and contractors were mobilized immediately, and nearly 200 additional line workers came to help from central and southeastern Missouri. The storm has resulted in hundreds of downed wires and the loss of over 40 feeders—the higher voltage lines that provide power to hundreds of customers. 

 “We thank customers for their patience.  We know it’s difficult not having power during warm weather.  I should add that our customers’ safety and that of our workers is critical,” said Richard Mark, senior vice president, AmerenUE Missouri Energy Delivery. “We urge customers to seek shelter if their homes become unbearably warm.  We are also urging customers who see a fallen or low hanging wire to assume that it is still energized and dangerous and to call AmerenUE, stay away from the line and warn others to do the same.”

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.