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Ameren Illinois readies for threat of severe weather

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Ameren Illinois is taking steps to prepare ahead of predicted severe weather.

According to Ameren, field and support teams have already started working to safely address any service disruptions the area might experience.

The company warns strong winds can cause the power lines to move up and down in a violent manner. The movement, according to Ameren, can result in damage to cross arms on poles, insulators and even wires, resulting in power outages.

Ameren Illinois is reminding customers to be on alert and take precautions to protect themselves and their families.

The company also says people should stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

In preparation for the forecasted storms, Pate said Ameren Illinois is taking the following actions:

  • Weather conditions are being monitored by the Emergency Operations Center for any changes that may impact service.
  • Additional Ameren Illinois workers and contractor personnel are on alert and ready for deployment to impacted areas. 
  • Trucks are fueled and loaded with supplies.
  • If necessary, Ameren Illinois is prepared to deploy the special Ameren Illinois Storm Trailers. These trailers are filled with materials field crews need to perform their service restoration work. The trailers can be moved to various staging sites to provide materials when outside crews come in to help with the restoration efforts and to provide a store of materials close to the area with the most damage.

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