All areas in the metro-east should have their power restored by Tuesday, according to Ameren Illinois. Restoration times vary based on the extent of the damage done in specific areas.
Belleville is estimated to have its power back on at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Edwardsville, Maryville and Alton should have most of their power on by Monday night, an Ameren Illinois news release said.
However, certain areas in Alton with “extensive, smaller outages” may not see their power restored until Tuesday due to severe damage, Ameren Illinois spokesperson Marcelyn Love said.
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As for other affected areas, Ameren said the following cities would have restored power by these times:
▪ Belleville by 9 p.m. Sunday
▪ Mt. Vernon by 10 p.m. Sunday
▪ East St. Louis and Olney by midnight Sunday into early Monday morning
▪ Centralia by 2 a.m Monday
Saturday night storms caused severe damage and left thousands without power across the metro-east, including 18,076 households without power in Madison County and 1,809 in St. Clair County.
According the release, Ameren Illinois crews had restored power to 24,373 customers and less than 10,000 households were left without power by Sunday evening.
Ameren reported that 45 distribution poles and nearly 500 wires were downed by the storms.
“We’re doing everything possible that we can to get customers back up and running, but it will take some time,” Love said. “Our crews are working in the same conditions our customers are; their families might be without power as well, and it was extremely warm today.”
Love said they have to keep the safety of restoration crews in mind due to the heat by keeping them healthy and hydrated.
Another challenge, Love said, was that Ameren wasn’t fully able to assess the damage done by the storms until daybreak. Only then could they see the extent of the storms’ destruction and plan accordingly.
“We understand the challenge that being without power poses to our customers,” Richard Mark, Ameren president and chairman, said in the release. “I can assure everyone that we are working as quickly as we can to get the power restored. We are dispatching additional crews from outside of the region to assist the more than 500 resources we already have engaged. We encourage customers, especially seniors and those with health concerns, to make alternative plans for shelter if necessary.”
The release also reminded people not to go near downed wires.
Updated outage information is available through Ameren’s outage map.