ST. LOUIS — Repair crews are making progress restoring electricity to storm-struck southern Missouri, but 30,000 homes and businesses still are without power.
The number Tuesday included 7,000 who get their service from AmerenUE, 16,751 who belong to rural cooperatives, and 6,600 served by municipal utilities.
Among the hardest hit are residents of New Madrid County, where the Missouri National Guard has been delivering food, water and blankets, and going door to door to check on their well-being.
The Guard also dispatched help for some elderly people who were running low on oxygen.
In Sikeston, the Guard arranged help for a 70-year-old man who refused to leave his home despite 40-degree temperatures inside. Between emergency personnel and neighbors, the man was checked every hour.