50,000 lost power during 3-day ice storm - KMOV.com

50,000 lost power during 3-day ice storm

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According to Ameren Missouri, the total number of customers who lost power during the weekend ice storm was 50,000. That resulted in 600 separate repair jobs by field crews to restore power. 

One of the customers who lost power on Renaldo Drive in Chesterfield is Sarah Brubaker. She told News 4, "We stayed home for a little bit because the heat stayed in the house, it wasn't too bad, but we did end up going to a family member's house and spending a few hours with them."

JoAnn Owens is a neighbor, she said, "I was worried it would go for more than 24 hours, you just don't know with the ice and everything."

Power was restored in their neighborhood within five hours.
Ameren Assistant Vice President for Operations and Technical Services, Kevin Anders, said preparations before the storm reduced the number of outages and sped up repairs.

Anders said the company trimmed trees along 4,000 miles of electric lines last year.

"That has certainly helped to keep vegetation away from the power lines and allows the system to hold up better in a situation like this," said Anders.

Ander said Ameren also inspected 180,000 power poles last year to verify they were in good working order and replace those that weren't.

He said positioning two trailers filled with supplies in the hardest hit areas ensured crews had all the supplies they needed and prevented delays while employees drove to get more supplies.

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