EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Around 750 Ameren Illinois crews remained in the field, Sunday, restoring power to places like Edwardsville, Alton, and Granite City — places without electricity since storms rolled through Friday night.

“A lot of trees took down our utility poles, but some of the damage was caused by wind impacting our lines, ” Ameren Illinois official John Barud told KMOX News, Sunday afternoon.

Barud said at its peak, outages in the Metro-East topped 15,000. That number was down to 5,000 by noon Sunday.

He said cooler than normal outdoor temperatures may have helped outage victims keep their cool, as crews worked to restore service, “Customers have been very supportive of us. They’ve been very patient. I think it’s fortunate that the weather is cool.”

Barud said he’s optimistic all Metro-East customers will have the lights back on by late Sunday or early Monday.


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