UPDATE: 200 mid-Missouri residents still without power after storm

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 11:48 a.m. CST; updated 6:43 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA — About 200 customers of Boone Electric Cooperative were still waiting for their power to be restored as of late Thursday afternoon 

The cooperative has had crews working 24 hours a day in order to recover from widespread outages caused by Tuesday's winter storm, even borrowing employees from Columbia Water andLight to speed up the process.

Thursday morning, 19 line crews were dispatched to restore power to more than 165 outage locations, which left about 600 customers without power. The line crew's progress was being updated on the Cooperative's outage map.

There were also teams from Mexico, Licking, Lewistown and West Plains assisting with the restoration process through the Missouri Mutual Aid Program.

Tuesday's winter storm caused many outages throughout the county. More than 12,000 customers lacked power at the peak of the outages, according to previous Missourian reporting.

According to a Boone Electric Cooperative news release, some of the downed lines were still energized. Residents should be cautious if they come across a downed wire.

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