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Ameren continues working to restore power to St. Louis County residents

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Power lines down in West County (Terry Cancila) Power lines down in West County (Terry Cancila)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Wind was to blame for downed power lines and power outage across the St. Louis area, according to Ameren.

Over 50,000 people were reportedly without power around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, over 8,000 in Illinois and over 38,000 in Missouri. 

All of Millstadt was reportedly without power starting around 10:50 a.m. but most of the customers in the city have had their electricity restored.

Nelda Kaeser, an Affton, Missouri resident said her home was still without power as night approached. 

"It's been pretty horrible, it's getting colder and colder in here," said Kaeser. "We've got blankets piled up in the living room and we'll stay in one room, the three of us, and stay as long as we can. We do have sleeping bags downstairs."

Officials said about 4,000 homes were still without power Wednesday night in St. Louis County.

Ameren officials said they had to call in additional cres from Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Kansas to help restore power. 

Around 10:52 a.m. Wednesday the Maryland Heights Police Department said they were responding to downed wires that were reportedly blocking the roadway on Fee Fee Road at Worthington Access. 

Downed power lines also closed both directions of Interstate 270 near Dougherty Ferry around 7 a.m. 

"The wind puts a lot of pressure on the poles and lines and can galloping a bit (and) snap the poles, which is what it did here," said Ryan Arnold with Ameren Missouri.

Many nearby residents in Des Peres did not have power for much of the day.

Around 6 a.m. crews were called to Macklind and Manchester for downed power lines that were blocking the roadway. Shortly after, the St. Louis County Police Department tweeted that the southbound lanes of Telegraph from the 3000 block to Interstate 255 had to be closed due to downed lines. 

Downed power lines were also reported along Route 3 in the Granite City area. 

Ameren officials are advising homeowners who have concerns about transformer issues outside to stay inside their home, call 911 and wait for them to arrive and assess the scene.

Anyone who comes across a downed power line is advised to stay away from it and dial 911.

Ameren said they have crews working quickly to restore the power.

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