Columbia Water and Light release total cost of July 7 storm

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 7:05 p.m. CDT; updated 10:12 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 5, 2014

COLUMBIA— Columbia Water and Light has announced the costs of  repairing the damage of the July 7 storm, with the total coming to just under $750,000, according to a memo sent from Water and Light Director Tad Johnsen.

"Actually, it was probably less than what we expected, given the extent of the damage," said Jim Windsor, utility financial manager of Columbia Water and Light. "I thought we'd be pushing a million."

The storm, which blew in from Iowa and Nebraska, entered north Missouri with winds exceeding 50 mph.

The report states the storm entered Columbia at 11 p.m., causing microbursts, which are small drafts of sinking air. The microbursts achieved speeds approaching 80 mph. Within half an hour of the storm's landing, 13 circuits went out, leaving 14,000 residents without power. A crew of 137 personnel, supported by a staff of 28, worked in 16-hour shifts to restore power to all residents, which was accomplished on July 12.

Supervising editor is Bailey Otto.

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