Contact: Connie Kacprowicz
Communication and Marketing Supervisor
Columbia Water & Light
Damage to Columbia's electric system from the storm on Monday night is almost finished. With help from crews across Missouri, the number of customers without power dropped to under 300 by 5:00 on Thursday. Crews will continue to work on repairs Thursday evening and will start again early on Friday morning.
All six of the 80-foot poles on Fairview have been replaced and the transmission line will be in place by the end of Thursday. Work will continue on Friday to replace the distribution lines on these poles. It is uncertain at this time when Fairview Road, between Broadway and Ash, will open again. It could be some time on Friday.
While great progress has been made with outage restoration efforts, there will be some people still without power until Friday. The areas that are taking the longest to repair are where the storm debris is several feet deep and the location or topography make access difficult.
Any customer that is the ONLY person on their street without power, and has not reported it yet, is urged to call 573-875-2555. This does not apply to people living in areas where their next door neighbors don't have power or live in an area noted on the online outage map. Columbia Water & Light wants to make sure that the current outage data displayed on the map is up to date and is aware of all remaining electric supply issues. Customers that need to have an electrician make repairs on their house should contact Columbia Water & Light once the work is completed so the electric service line can be reconnected.
There were 14,000 customers without electricity after heavy winds pummeled Columbia on Monday night. Columbia Water & Light is being helped with restoration efforts by crews from Par Electric and Asplundh. Municipal utilities from Independence, Fulton, Higginsville, Macon and Hannibal are assisting with restoration efforts through a mutual aid agreement with the Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities. Crews will continue to help on Friday and then might be able to return home.
Online outage map: http://outageviewer.gocolumbiamo.com/
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