Metro-East News

Power mostly restored in metro-east after widespread outages

Contractors with Ameren repair lines in South Roxana Monday.
Contractors with Ameren repair lines in South Roxana Monday. dholtmann@bnd.com

Power was mostly restored by Tuesday after severe thunderstorms swept through the St. Louis region Saturday night, causing widespread outages in Illinois and Missouri.

Power came back on Monday night for most of the remaining households affected by the outages, according to Ameren Illinois. Only four households in Madison County were still without power Tuesday afternoon, according to Ameren’s outage map. Of the 40,021 customers without power on Sunday morning at the peak of the outages, fewer than 10,000 remained out by midnight that night, Ameren spokeswoman Marcelyn Love said.

Ameren Illinois crews had mostly restored power in the metro-east by Monday afternoon, with about 1,5000 outages remaining in Madison County. Ameren activated an emergency response team of 550 crew members to restore power, calling in workers from Tennessee and Wisconsin to assist. Crews worked 18-hour days, Love said.

Edwardsville and Godfrey were most affected by the storms with fallen trees and downed wires.

In St. Louis, 178 households were without power as of Tuesday afternoon.

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