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Power outages dot Boone County; worse in Jefferson City

Sunday, December 9, 2007 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Columbia’s Water and Light Department reported no power outages within city limits, but a number of homes across Boone County were without power.

Vicki Kemna, manager of Human Resources and Communications at Boone Electric Cooperative said 2,200 homes are currently without power in Boone County, but she's not sure how many power lines are down.

"It's pretty much widespread throughout our service area," Kemna said. "It may be 24 to 48 hours before we get everybody back on. We're going to work through the night. We’re still manning the phones and we won’t quit."

AmerenUE is also reporting power outages throughout the state.

"Company wide we’ve got 42,000 out and about 23,000 are in central Missouri," said Mike Cleary, communications executive for Ameren UE.

Cleary said those living in the Jefferson City area were the hardest hit.

"There's so many different problems for example in Jefferson City, we have 500 separate things that need to be repaired," Cleary said. "We keep having new problems come in so we’re not making any predictions on when the power will be back on."

Meanwhile, Columbia Fire Department Division Chief Glenn Rush said this morning that no roads are closed and no accidents have been reported. One cable line was reported down across Fourth Street and Garth Avenue after a tree limb fell on it, but that's been taken care of, he said.

"We've had a relatively quiet morning so far," Rush said.

As of 3:30 p.m., Public Safety's Joint Communications Department had received more than a dozen calls reporting vehicles sliding off the roads.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said there have been no major accidents reported to them yet.

Ashland and southern Boone County were the hardest hit, said Chuck Mastalski, floor supervisor for the Public Safety Joint Communications Center. There are 2 to 3 inches of accumulation on the ground, meaning there is a quarter- to a half-inch of accumulation on trees, causing branches to snap and take out power lines.

“There’s a half-inch of ice on everything,” said Ashland Police Chief Scott Robbins.

Trees have fallen on power lines and on some houses, Robbins said. He said that outages are spotty, but that areas without overhead power lines are faring better. According to AmerenUE’s Web site, 529 customers in the 65010 ZIP code were without power as of 12:20 p.m.

The Ashland Baptist Church, 203 E. Broadway, and Ashland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Drive, are both open to serve as warming centers.

The Boone County Fire Protection District has closed some streets in Ashland with downed trees or power lines, but beyond that, Robbins said: “The roads are pretty good, all things considered.”

Reporters Amber Hanneken, Katie Krawczak and Molly Frankel contributed to this story.

As of 11:50 a.m., the following ZIP codes covered by Ameren UE are without power:

  • ZIP code, Number of customers out, Number served
  • 63049, 1, 7265
  • 63068, 5, 2384
  • 63069, 4, 6883
  • 63074, 1, 8126
  • 63114, 27, 17986
  • 63117, 141, 5680
  • 63121, 74, 12169
  • 63130, 41, 14960
  • 63134, 1, 6455
  • 63141, 89, 10665
  • 63146, 21, 16258
  • 63301, 163, 24497
  • 63330, 52, 94
  • 63332, 53, 500
  • 63333, 230, 230
  • 63334, 436, 2686
  • 63336, 688, 942
  • 63339, 1, 190
  • 63341, 121, 348
  • 63342, 5, 55
  • 63343, 105, 1495
  • 63344, 451, 488
  • 63347, 4, 258
  • 63348, 347, 882
  • 63349, 50, 418
  • 63350, 42, 263
  • 63351, 593, 613
  • 63352, 77, 343
  • 63353, 853, 2702
  • 63357, 206, 1377
  • 63359, 53, 284
  • 63361, 463, 1864
  • 63362, 933, 939
  • 63363, 538, 830
  • 63365, 142, 142
  • 63366, 959, 28837
  • 63367, 16, 51
  • 63369, 174, 496
  • 63370, 3, 37
  • 63373, 25, 639
  • 63376, 134, 27630
  • 63377, 40, 674
  • 63379, 2200, 6347
  • 63381, 104, 104
  • 63383, 3077, 5402
  • 63384, 163, 715
  • 63385, 1295, 8913
  • 63387, 73, 80
  • 63389, 80, 526
  • 63390, 2008, 2054
  • 63433, 52,
  • 63441, 27, 345
  • 63459, 7, 682
  • 63640, 1, 4368
  • 65010, 529, 1430
  • 65011, 215, 584
  • 65016, 146, 146
  • 65018, 36, 128
  • 65023, 529, 529
  • 65024, 307, 308
  • 65025, 4, 198
  • 65026, 3133, 6351
  • 65036, 2, 104
  • 65039, 78, 629
  • 65041, 166, 410
  • 65043, 1368, 3000
  • 65047, 1, 1116
  • 65049, 85, 9349
  • 65053, 172, 316
  • 65054, 172, 172
  • 65061, 116, 174
  • 65063, 140, 655
  • 65064, 103, 126
  • 65065, 2, 10582
  • 65069, 25, 156
  • 65072, 148, 3308
  • 65074, 833, 833
  • 65080, 1,
  • 65081, 335, 1272
  • 65082, 92, 383
  • 65084, 256, 1800
  • 65085, 310, 310
  • 65101, 7348, 11628
  • 65102, 7, 41
  • 65109, 6233, 14906
  • 65231, 1, 559
  • 65232, 1, 82
  • 65262, 1, 170
  • 65265, 1, 6269
  • Source: http://www.ameren.com/Outage/ADC_MissouriOutageInformation.asp


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