Contact: Connie Kacprowicz, Columbia Water & Light
Communications and Marketing Supervisor
Electric linemen in Columbia faced another day of climbing up, over and through debris to hang new electric lines. Columbia Water & Light crews worked side-by-side with crews from around Missouri to put a large dent in power restoration efforts. Those without power dropped from 14,000 on Monday night to 1,300 on Wednesday afternoon. The restoration work has been slow due to the large amount debris, damage and access issues.
Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes authorized overtime hours for the power restoration crews so they can work 16 hour days. Restoration work will continue on the transmission and distribution lines on Fairview and is expected to be completed by Thursday evening. After the line work is completed, Fairview Road will be opened again from Broadway to Ash. Crews will also continue working on outages in other areas of town. The Spring Valley, Lynwood and Brandon Road areas are some of the most difficult to repair due to the electric lines being located in the back yards.
Private tree trimmers are urged to not to block roadways when clearing debris. Electric crews need street access for large trucks and equipment. If private tree trimmers are working near downed power lines, they are urged to stay away from any downed lines. Lines could be energized at any time by electric crews.
Online outage map: http://outageviewer.gocolumbiamo.com/
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