Tree falls over on power line in Belleville
A news release from the company stated more than 750 field and support employees were working in the affected areas. Officials anticipate that the majority of the remaining customers should see their power restored Wednesday night.
Those crews have restored power to 43,200 customers since 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“The extensive tree damage has been a significant challenge for our crews," Richard J. Mark, president and Chairman of Ameren Illinois, said in the release. “In situations like this, we concentrate first on restoring power to critical facilities. We then prioritize our efforts by repairing large transmission lines, then distribution lines and feeder circuits that bring power to neighborhoods and customer premises. All of our customers can be assured that we will get to everyone as quickly and safely as possible.”
The Ottawa and Carbondale areas sustained the most damage, the release stated. Tornadoes knocked down power poles, power lines and a large transmission line in the LaSalle area.
Ameren Illinois activated its Emergency Operations Center Tuesday afternoon to coordinate response efforts.
The release said because they are privately owned, those customers who have experienced damage to their weatherhead or meter box must have them repaired by a licensed electrician before Ameren service can be restored.