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Ameren Illinois says power should be restored completely by Tuesday night

Family loses home after storms rip through Southern Illinois

A trailer on Marlboro Road near Ava, IL was destroyed by severe storms in Southern Illinois on Feb. 28. The trailer is owned by Brianne Phoenix. She, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter were not in the structure when it was knocked off its f
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A trailer on Marlboro Road near Ava, IL was destroyed by severe storms in Southern Illinois on Feb. 28. The trailer is owned by Brianne Phoenix. She, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter were not in the structure when it was knocked off its f

Ameren Illinois crews are working to restore power in the LaSalle, Alton and Peoria areas after the second major storm in a week hit Illinois and surrounding states.

On Tuesday evening, officials released estimated times for when residents can expect their service to be restored — 6 p.m. for LaSalle and 8 p.m. for Alton.

A news release from the company stated that 48 sub-transmission and 68 distribution poles were damaged during Monday night’s storms across the state. It added that extensive tree damage impacted service in those areas, as well.

“Ameren Illinois crews are battling through fatigue and tough working conditions as they continue power restoration efforts following a line of strong winds and thunderstorms that made their way across the Ameren Illinois service territory overnight,” the release stated.

Ameren Illinois activated its Emergency Operations Center at 2 a.m., the release stated, to organized response efforts during thunderstorms and tornadoes that rocked the Midwest.

The release said since the storms crews have restored power to more than 45,000 customers. with more than 600 line, forestry, and support employees working.

Ameren Illinois projections on when power will be restored

Area

Projection

Chillicothe/Wyoming

10 p.m.

Tazewell County

6 p.m.

Galesburg

6 p.m.

LaSalle/Kewanee

6 p.m.

Alton

8 p.m.

Mt. Clare

8 p.m.

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