With a new round of rain and thunderstorm throughout the evening, Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center (EOC) again opened and crews worked throughout the evening to restore more scattered outages.
With the threat of more storms predicted across Illinois, the Ameren Illinois EOC reactivated at 7:00 p.m. on Friday May 31.
The storm began working its way through the Ameren Illinois territory at about 7:00 p.m. Thursday, causing more than 45,000 customer outages overnight Friday and Saturday morning. Hardest hit were the areas of Maryville/Belleville/Alton, Decatur, and Gilman. But scattered outages were caused by downed poles and other storm-related damage throughout the territory. Ameren Illinois crews, including more than 700 co-workers, restored almost 23,500 outages throughout the night and early morning. The Ameren Illinois storm trailers will be deployed to Gilman and Maryville, and mutual-aid assistance from other utilities has been requested.
“Our crews are dedicated to restoring power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible,” said Richard Mark, president and CEO, Ameren Illinois. “We have dispatched field personnel to assess damage and restore service, and will have a better idea on estimated restoration times once the full extent of the damage to the distribution system is known.”
Detailed safety and outage information is available at IllinoisOutage.com. Customers with mobile devices can visit www.ameren.mobi.
If your power goes out, call Ameren Illinois at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and always call as soon as possible to report a downed line or natural gas odor. The Ameren Illinois contact number is 1-800-755-7000. In addition to the safety and outage information available at IllinoisOutage.com, customers and media can receive timely updates on outage restoration by following the Ameren Illinois news feed at twitter.com/AmerenIllinois.