Winds topple 80-foot electrical poles on west side

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 6:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:10 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

COLUMBIA — Some of the worst damage to the city electrical system from storms Monday night was to six 80-foot poles on Fairview Road that were broken off near theier bases by high winds.

Food safety tips during power outages

These tips from the Boone County Department of Health and Human Services offer advice on food safety during power outages.

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain cold temperatures. Refrigerators will keep food cold for approximately four hours if unopened.
  • Surround easily spoiled food with ice inside a cooler. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature does not exceed 40°F. If the food was above 40°F for two hours or more, discard it. It might be unsafe.
  • Food stored in a full freezer will keep for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. A half full freezer will keep for 24 hours. 

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These photos of the downed power lines on Fairview were posted by a user on the Columbia reddit.

The poles carried a high-voltage transmission line used to carry large amounts of electricity. When they fell, they cut power to the area.

Columbia Water and Light expected residential customers in the Fairview area to have power restored by early Tuesday afternoon. An apartment complex at 2801 W. Broadway and the Boone County Teacher's Credit Union on Worley Street might remain without power for an indefinite amount of time as the department is unsure of how long repairs to the transmission line will take, according to a news release issued late Tuesday morning.

Fairview Road was slated to be closed from Broadway to Ash after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning while electric crews replaced the poles.

"All hands are on deck," Connie Kacprowicz, spokeswoman for Columbia Water and Light, said. Additional assistance was being provided through the private contractor PAR Electrical Contractors, Kacprowicz said.

MU Health Care closed its General Internal Medicine Clinic and the Missouri Digestive Health Center on Fairview Road. Both clinics will reopen Wednesday.

More than 14,000 Columbia Water and Light customers on 11 different circuits lost power after 11 p.m. Monday night, when trees fell on electrical transmission and distribution lines. There were also many smaller outages.

As of midday Tuesday, Water and Light reported a total of 4,800 customers without electricity, mostly on the city's west side.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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