Several Ameren Missouri customers in Mexico and Audrain County were without electricity for a prolonged period of time following the wet, heavy snowfall that fell Tuesday. Consolidated Electric Cooperative also reported outages. Crews from both agencies were still out Wednesday restoring services.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Ameren customer outages (across the state) were below 1,500, from a peak of 13,257 Tuesday afternoon. There were 362 customers in Audrain County affected by outages during the Tuesday storm.
Approximately 500 Ameren workers deployed, which included linemen, tree trimmers and support staff. The majority of the outages stemmed from heavy snow weighing down power lines and trees, or otherwise affected by the weather.
Ameren crews expected to have the vast majority of remaining customers' power restored by late afternoon Wednesday, according to an Ameren Missouri press release distributed Wednesday morning.
"We are working aggressively to restore power quickly," said Michael Moehn, senior vice president of customer operations.
Consolidated Electric Cooperative customers in Mexico also experienced some power outages Tuesday. Approximately 600 customers were without electricity.
According to a CEC media release, the power went out around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and crews were still out Wednesday morning working to restore three more outages reported.
CEC had 21 workers deployed that included six customer service personnel answering phones, 13 linemen, 1 operations superintendent and one service coordinator.
The cause of the CEC outages was also heavy snow accumulation on the wires; up to 3" to 4" thick, the release states.
Both utility companies remind customers the first safety rule is to stay clear of downed power lines and to always call if you see downed lines.