KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - More than 41,000 customers in northwest Missouri and parts of Kansas remained without power on Tuesday afternoon as utility crews scrambled to return service before nightfall after the second winter storm in less than a week hit the two states.
Kansas City Power & Light reported at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday that about 31,500 customers were still without power, down from a high of nearly 80,000. The outages stretched throughout the utility's service area from Emporia, Kan., to Sedalia, Mo., but the highest number was in the Kansas City metro area.
BPU, which provides service to Kansas City, Kan., reported about 6,600 customers were without power as of 3:45 p.m. Westar Energy reported 3,153 outages throughout its Kansas region, which includes pockets near Kansas City.
From Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Tuesday afternoon:
Power outages continued to climb today as electric cooperatives battled snow-covered roads and trees burdened by the heavy load of snow. More than 50,000 electric cooperative members were without power as of noon on Feb. 26.
“Our best estimate of member outages is 13,500,” said Ken Johnson, manager of hard-hit Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, which began the day with just 1,500 outages. “This number has been steadily increasing as the day goes by. We have made some progress in restoring areas only to have others go out. Much of our challenge is physically getting to the problem areas to make repairs.”
To assist in the restoration effort, crews from 18 electric cooperatives around the state have been dispatched to the areas in most need of assistance by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. In all, 100 men and 50 trucks have been sent to Boone Electric, Callaway Electric, Central Missouri Electric, Co-Mo Electric, Farmers' Electric, Howard Electric, Macon Electric, Osage Valley Electric, Sac Osage Electric, Three Rivers Electric and West Central.
Those electric cooperatives sending help were Atchison-Holt Electric, Black River Electric, Citizens Electric, Crawford Electric, Cuivre River Electric, Grundy Electric, Howell-Oregon Electric, Intercounty Electric, Laclede Electric, Lewis County Rural Electric, Missouri Rural Electric, New-Mac Electric, Platte-Clay Electric, Se-Ma-No Electric, Tri-County Electric, United Electric, Webster Electric and White River Valley Electric.
These crews include ones sent from Black River Electric, which on Sunday wrapped up restoration efforts from the ice storm last week. Chris Mennemeyer, a lineman from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative on loan to Howard Electric, returned from Haiti last night, where he helped build power lines through the National Rural Electric International Programs. Despite jet lag, he was happy to assist his fellow linemen recover from the storm.
Work will continue into the night until all power is restored. In some cases, the outage will last into Wednesday.
Barton County Electric, Lamar: Restoration complete
Boone Electric, Columbia: 10,355-assistance sent
Callaway Electric, Fulton: 5,126-assistance sent
Central Missouri Rural Electric, Sedalia: 1,000-assistance sent
Co-Mo Electric, Tipton: 9,000-assistance sent
Consolidated Electric, Mexico: 150
Farmers’ Electric, Chillicothe: 1,000-assistance sent
Howard Electric, Fayette: 1,500-assistance sent
Laclede Electric, Lebanon: Restoration complete
Macon Electric, Macon: 500-assistance sent
Missouri Rural: Restoration complete
Osage Valley Electric, Butler: 4,000-assistance sent
Ozark Electric, Mt. Vernon: Restoration complete
Platte-Clay Electric, Kearney: Restoration complete
Ralls County, New London: Restoration complete
Sac Osage Electric, El Dorado Springs: 2,100-assistance sent
Southwest Electric, Bolivar: 5,000
Three Rivers Electric, Linn: 2,664-assistance sent
West Central Electric, Higginsville: 3,279-assistance sent
By mid-afternoon, City Utilities of Springfield and The Empire District Electric Company reported no outages on their websites.Ameren Missouri reported 5,000 customers off line, as of 6 p.m., around Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks and points north of there in central Missouri.