Power restored in City of Bernie, warming center opened

Power back on in most areas of the Heartland

BERNIE, MO (KFVS) - Bernie Police opened the warming center which at the community center in town on Friday evening, Feb. 15.

If anyone needs a warm place to stay the door is unlocked and police will be patrolling that area for safety reasons.

Ameren reported 1,091 power outages in Stoddard County as of 7:30 p.m.

As of 8:30 p.m. it was down to 291 customers. At 9:50 p.m. there were 39 outages in Stoddard Co. due to a tree on power lines.

There were zero outages at 9 p.m.

The outage was caused due to an equipment malfunction, single feeder line malfunction due to the weather.

AmerenUE has restored power in Bernie. The warming center will remain open until further notice.

Posted by Stoddard County Emergency Management Agency on Friday, February 15, 2019

Just an inch of ice can add thousands of pounds to electric wires which can break from the extra weight.

Angie Byford, is the Supervisor of Member Services for SEMO Electric.

She says they treat every ice threat like it’s a major storm and have upwards of 30 teams that can respond to outages that happen.

Byford says their focus has been on preparation ever since the ice storm in 2009, which took out more than 35 hundred electric poles.

“Even if it is not as big as the storm was in 2009 and we don’t have as much ice or equipment coming down as we did. Every storm to us is just as important as that one so we always try to make sure that we are prepared because we know the importance of getting the power back to our members as quickly and as safely as possible," Byford said.

Byford wants to remind you to not touch or step on any downed power lines because they can still be energized.

The best way to report an outage is by calling your electricity provider.

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