ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri says it has restored power to nearly all of the roughly 67,000 customers who lost electricity during strong storms and high winds.
The unsettled weather on Thursday brought wind gusts of over 60 miles per hour. Most of the outages to Ameren customers occurred in the St. Louis area.
The St. Louis-based utility said about 1,500 customers were still without electricity late Friday afternoon. Crews expected to have all power restored by late last night.
Ameren brought workers from other parts of Missouri to the St. Louis area to help with the recovery.
Ameren crews are still working to repair downed wires and snapped utility poles that cut the power for tens of thousands of customers on both sides of the river.
Ameren opened its Emergency Operation Center at 5 p.m. Thursday in order to coordinate the utility's response to wind-related power outages. At the peak, the untility reported more than 17,000 metro-east customers were without power and more than 43,000 Missouri customers were in the dark.
Thousands in north St. Louis county could be waiting another day or more before their power is restored after strong winds brought down trees and snapped power poles.
At 1:40 a.m. Friday, Ameren was reporting just over 13,000 St. Louis area customers in Missouri were still without power. The vast majority of them were in St. Louis County. Just over 1,400 remained in the dark in Illinois.
Ameren Missouri and Illinois crews are also dealing with the perilous conditions.
There are nearly 53-hundred customers in St. Clair County without power and 500 in Macoupin County without power in Illinois.
In Missouri, crews are working to restore power to a dozen customers in St. Charles and about 30 customers in St. Louis County. The St. Louis County customers have been affected by a downed power line at Lindbergh and Schuetz. Over 600 customers in Jefferson County are crossing their fingers that power will be restored to them soon.
Good news for those still cleaning up from Friday's storms. Ameren reports that the power has been restored to almost all electric customers in St. Charles County and the metro-east.
Steady progress is also being made to repair damage in infrastructure in St. Louis County where an EF-3 tornado took down more than a hundred power poles. Ameren officials say more than 500 poles were damaged area wide.
Ameren's Michael Moehn says it's been a big job with a big price tag. "Roughly speaking we're probably spending about $3 million a day to put the system back together." Moehn says eventually that cost will be passed along to consumers.
As of 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, about 14,000 St. Louis County residents remain in the dark. That's down from more than 35,000 Monday morning and well over 90,000 on Friday.
Boeing employees will be heading back to work Tuesday morning after Friday's storms knocked out power to the Hazelwood facility, forcing it to close.
Some buildings were still in the dark Monday night, forcing the aerospace company to cancel work for many third shift employees overnight.
Company officials say that by 3:30 Tuesday morning, Ameren crews had restored power to all Boeing buildings. First shift employees are expected to report to work.
A quick traffic note. MoDOT is closing 170 between 70 and 270 until 3PM on Monday.
They are giving Ameren crews time to restring power lines over the interstate. Drivers are encouraged to use 70 or 270 as a detour.
Kratz Elementary School in the Riteneour School District is closed due to the power outage in St. Ann.
Riverview Gardens summer school classes have been cancelled for Monday, June 3rd. The closure is due to storm damage and power outages to the districts four schools hosting summer school.
The St. Louis Archdioceses School, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson, Mo. will also be closed on Monday, due to the lack of power from Friday’s storm.
The Ferguson-Florissant school district is making changes to its summer programs, due to Friday’s storm damage to buildings and power outages.
Monday’s summer classes at McCluer High School and Johnson-Wabash Elementary School have been cancelled. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 4th at the following locations: Johnson-Wabash Elementary summer school will be held at Duchesne Elementary School, located at 100 South New Florissant Road. McCluer High summer school will be relocated to McCluer North at 705 North Waterford Drive. The districts other summer program, Adventure Camp; is being moved to Combs Elementary School located at 300 St. Jean Street in Florissant, effective Monday, June 3rd.