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Hectic Start to Heated Weekend for Ameren

Michael Calhoun
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Outages, as of midnight Saturday (Ameren.com)

Outages, as of midnight Saturday (Ameren.com)

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FENTON (KMOX) – Ameren crews were expected to work through the night to get power restored to about 4,000 customers in St. Louis County.

The sparks first flew at 7 p.m., when a cable overloaded in Maryland Heights and cut the air conditioning for 2,000. Most of that service was restored by late Friday.

“It happens from time to time when the weather is exceptionally hot, as it is right now,” Ameren spokesman Kent Martin said.

Hours later, a power line which crosses Interstate 44 and Highway 141 failed, prompting a shut-down of 44 and leaving thousands more in the dark.

Areas affected included Valley Park and Fenton. Martin said a cause hadn’t been determined.

The utility is asking customers to try and cool down their electric usage, at least as long as this weekend’s heat advisory is in effect.

“People come home and turn on all the appliances, and it sometimes overloads the lines,” Martin explained.

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