CENTRAL ILLINOIS– Ameren crews continue to work Sunday morning to restore power for customers across Central Illinois after a line of severe storms hit Saturday night.
The storms packed a punch with straight-line winds as high as 70 m.p.h and caused downed trees and power lines scattered throughout the area and beyond as a result. The outages topped 25,000 statewide at one point and nearly 20,000 in Central Illinois.
As of Sunday morning, just over 11,000 customers in the WMBD/WYZZ viewing area are still waiting for the lights to come back on. There are about 17,500 outages still across the state. For a complete listing of the outages click here for the outage map.
Ameren mobilized its emergency operations center Saturday night in an effort to get power restored. That means crews are out around the clock to get the power turned back on. People are asked to stay away from any downed lines and treat them as if they are energized.
The Peoria Metro, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, and Decatur areas were among the hardest hit during Saturday night’s set of severe storms.
Ameren Illinois Senior Vice President of Operations and Technical Services Dave Wakeman said the company will be working throughout the day to restore power to those who experienced an outage.
“In the immediate aftermath of the Saturday’s severe weather events, we mobilized tree removal personnel and electric line resources to the affected areas,” Wakeman said. “With daylight, we’re getting a good look at the extent of the damage we sustained to our infrastructure. This was a powerful storm that knocked down hundreds of large trees.”
Around 480 employees are still working on restoring power to communities that experienced an outage. More employees are expected to arrive and continue working on the issue as the day goes on.
High Heat Safety
With temperatures expected to soar high and humidity to rise with them, Ameren is encouraging those without power to seek shelter in a building with working air-conditioning. Those wishing to report downed wires or an outage can do so by calling Ameren Illinois at 800-755-5000.
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