UPDATE: More than 1,500 still without power after Monday storms

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 9:01 a.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect power outages as of Wednesday afternoon. 

COLUMBIA — Power has yet to be restored to more than 1,500* Columbia Water and Light customers after powerful storms damaged power lines throughout the area Monday evening.

According to the utility's outage map, crews are still working on outages that have affected 1,505* customers in the area as of  3:30 p.m. Wednesday. This is down from a high of more than 14,000 Columbia Water and Light customers who had lost power. Power has been restored to all of the 3,800 Boone Electric Cooperative members who lost their service during the storms.

Columbia Water and Light said in a statement Tuesday evening that crews would continue to work overnight but that not all of the outages would be fixed before Wednesday.

"In the 35 years I have worked for the utility, I have never seen anything like this storm damage," Tony Cunningham, the utility's electric distribution manager, said in the statement.

Crews from PAR Electrical Contractors and Asplundh Tree Expert have been helping Columbia Water and Light. Municipal utilities from Independence, Fulton, Higginsville, Macon and Hannibal also have assisted with restoring power through a Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities mutual aid agreement.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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