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Ameren offers estimated restoration times for communities still without power

Severe storm shreds tree in Breese

A large tree was toppled by strong winds in Breese Saturday.
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A large tree was toppled by strong winds in Breese Saturday.

After a severe thunderstorm Saturday afternoon brought down trees and powerlines, Ameren Illinois crews worked through the night to restore service to 44,000 customers who experienced outages.

Approximately 4,200 customers were still waiting for power as of 8 a.m., according to an Ameren news release. The largest concentrations of remaining outages are in Marine, Alton, Belleville, Hillsboro, Mount Vernon and Centralia.

Estimated restoration times for these communities are as follows:

▪  Hillsboro, 2 p.m.

▪  Centralia, 3 p.m.

▪  Mount Vernon, 3 p.m.

▪  Belleville, 4 p.m.

▪  Alton, 5 p.m.

▪  Marine, 9 p.m.

Strong winds from yesterday’s storm, with gusts reported up to 70 mph, brought down 15 sub-transmission lines in the metro-east. Contractors from Tennessee were called in to assist Ameren in repairing the damage to the electric delivery infrastructure, according to the news release.

More information about remaining outages can be found on Ameren Illinois’ website.

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