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Fewer than 3,000 Ameren customers still without power in St. Louis area

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV.com) -- The utility company Ameren says fewer than 3,000 customers are still without power from the severe storm that struck the St. Louis area Friday night.

At the peak soon after the storm, 95,000 customers were without power.

Most of the customers without power live in Missouri, according to the Ameren outage map. Most of them live in St. Louis city and unincorporated north St. Louis County.

Meanwhile, only 10 Ameren customers are still without power in Illinois. Most of these outages are centered in Edwardsville, which was hit by powerful straight-line winds.

Several tornadoes were reported in the metro St. Louis area Friday night, damaging hundreds of homes. No one was killed.

Ameren says at one point it had more than 2,400 workers involved in the effort to restore power, including contract linemen brought in from five other states.

“We understand the importance electricity plays in the lives of our customers. We want them to know we are working hard to restore their power and will remain focused until every customer’s power is returned,” said Michael Moehn, an Ameren spokesperson.

Ameren officials said restoration efforts have been hampered by “significant infrastructure damage” and the need to fix more than 200 poles.

Ameren has warned customers to watch out for scams. Company officials said they have received reports of someone attempting to charge a customer $350 to restore power. Ameren emphasized that crews will never request payment to restore power after a storm.

Customers without power should contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-552-7583, or access the Outage Center at AmerenMissouri.com.


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