More than 500 without power in Perryville

More than 500 without power in Perryville

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - More than 500 customers are without power in Perryville after a dump truck hit some power lines.

Calls started coming in to Citizens Electric Cooperation around 9:45 a.m. Friday.

There were 691 meters without service in the area along Highway 51, south of Interstate 55 and to the Perry County line at the peak of the outage.

Power was restored to nearly 200 homes and businesses at 11 a.m.

Superintendents estimate the remaining 500 plus meters will be out for another three to four hours and ask CEC members to plan accordingly.

A dump truck hit a power line and broke two three-phase poles.

No injuries were reported.

Citizens Electric reminds that if your vehicle makes contact with a power line, stay in your vehicle until the line can be de-energized by the local electric utility. When a collision brings down power lines, a vehicle's tires can act as an insulator and protect you.

Only in the rare instance of a fire should people exit a vehicle that has made contact with a power line, according to CEC. Do not step out of the vehicle one foot at a time; jump out of the vehicle with your feet together and continue hopping away. This method of escape lessens the chance of creating a path for electric current to flow.

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