I-270 reopens after nearly 7 hour closure - KMOV.com

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I-270 reopens after nearly 7 hour closure

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West County fire crews were on the scene of downed lines of I-270 at Dougherty Ferry (Credit: West County EMS & Fire) West County fire crews were on the scene of downed lines of I-270 at Dougherty Ferry (Credit: West County EMS & Fire)
I-270 near Dougherty Ferry (@WestCountyFire) I-270 near Dougherty Ferry (@WestCountyFire)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Both directions of Interstate 270 have reopened after a nearly seven hour closure in west St. Louis County.

Downed power lines forced the roadway to close in both directions around 7 a.m. at Dougherty Ferry. The interstate was closed between I-44 and I-64. The  Dougherty Ferry exit remains closed.

 Wind is to blame for downed power lines and power outage across the St. Louis area Wednesday morning, according to Ameren.

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. 

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

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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