Ameren requests mutual aid, responds to outages

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Power utilities crews continue to work to restore power for customers affected by Monday’s severe thunderstorms and high winds.

As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Ameren Illinois customers were still without power in several communities. They include:

  • Champaign: 147
  • Vermilion: 96
  • Iroquois: 41
  • Marshall: 206
  • Macon: 1

A representative with Ameren said Tuesday afternoon they have 1,100 field and support personnel working to restore power.

ORIGINAL STORY: CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Ameren Illinois activated their emergency operations center 3 p.m. Monday, in advance of severe thunderstorms and high winds that downed several trees, tree limbs, power poles and power lines across the state.

A press release from Ameren stated they also requested linemen personnel from other states through the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group to help restoration efforts. It said 55,000 customers in central and northern Illinois lost power by 5:20 p.m. Monday.

The release also said Champaign, Peoria and Tazewell counties reported numerous outages, and the power utility company deployed storm trailers to those areas.

As of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the following Central Illinois counties were still reporting customers without power:

  • Champaign County: 2,074
  • Vermilion County: 646
  • Iroquois County: 485
  • Macon: 21
  • De Witt: 5
  • Marion 14
  • Mc Lean 78

“We had been monitoring this storm system since early morning and placed all crews throughout our service territory on alert status at 10:25 a.m. (Aug. 10). In the immediate aftermath of the severe weather, we mobilized tree removal personnel and electric line resources to the affected areas,” said Dave Wakeman, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services, Ameren Illinois.

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