12:30pm Update 2/17:
Route HH in Stoddard County remains closed following the recent storms due to downed power lines.
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There are approximately 750 Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative members without power this evening. They began the day with 1,050 members without power.
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- southeast Missouri: 30,000
- western Kentucky: 45,000
- southern Illinois: 2000
Only 87 without power in Illinois.
1:15pm Update: According to ameren ue's website, much of the bootheel is still in the dark.
Nearly 29,000 people are out of power in southeast Missouri.
New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Stoddard counties still have over 80 percent of Ameren customers in the dark.
Some other numbers from electric coops in southeast Missouri-- Ozark border services the Poplar Bluff area--there are still 25,000 customers without power.
Semo Electric based in Sikeston still has 10,000 people in the dark.
And at last check, the Pemiscot-Dunklin-Hayti Coop has 7000 customers without electricity.
There's been some improvement for Ameren customers in Illinois. Most of the power seems to be back on those homes.
The Marion/Crittenden County Emergency Operations (EOC) in Marion, KY, advises its citizens to expect long delays in power outages, water outages, and fuel shortages. Water customers of Marion and the Crittenden/Livingston water districts should expect all water to be out. This period is expected to last up to several weeks.
We are advising person not able to sustain their personal health and well being for several weeks to consider evacuating to the south. An emergency shelter is open at the Crittenden County Elementary School, citizens utilizing the shelter should bring blankets, pillow, and person necessities this shelter is filling up.
U.S. Highway 60 to Marion is open and US 641 South to I-24 is open. It is reported areas to the South around Nashville Tennessee are not affected by the ice storm.
The emergency operations center may be contacted at (270) 965-3500 or 911. Resources are very limited and the emergency rescue squads may not be able to reach persons in a timely manner.
4:45pm Update: Dunklin Pemiscot Electric Cooperative is 100% out of electricity. That means 8000 customers. Tim Davis with the coop says they hope to have some power restored within a 24 hour time frame, but it could be a few days.
SEMO Electric reports about 14,000 customers out of power. Jerry Dockins with the coop says customers should be prepared for an extended outage of five to six days. About 1000 of their customers have power.
Southern Ilinoins Electric Coop has 7500 customers out of power. Three main substations in Olive Branch, McClure, and Pulaski are out and will most likely be out through the night.
11:20am Update: From the Saline County Sheriff's Office...
HARRISBURG, ILL. - Winter weather continued across Saline County and left a mess of snow, sleet and ice across the region. Early morning reports show that 9" inches of snow and ice fell in Carrier Mills and 8.75" of snow and ice fell in Harrisburg. About 4" inches of sleet and ice fell Monday night and most of the day on Tuesday, before about five inches of snow started falling after midnight Tuesday night, Wednesday morning. Roads are snow packed and hazardous. "Driving is not recommended and motorist should park off roadways, so snow plows can clean the roadways."
Sporadic power outages were being reported in Saline County, power was out in the Eldorado area for about two hours early Wednesday morning. Power was out in numerous locations in Gallatin County, over 2000 residents were without power, but power was slowly being restored to Equality, Shawneetown and Ridgway at around 10:30 a.m. this morning, after being out for nearly seven hours. Gallatin County has declared a state of emergency and reports of Illinois 1 in Hardin County were closed overnight as trees blocked the roadway. Residents are asked not to call 911 inquiring when the power is coming back on or when the snow plow will clean their roadway.
5:30am Update: Interstate 55 at the Sikeston/Miner interchange in Scott County is now open after several dead power lines were over the interstate. Emergency crews say they are working to remove them and are allowing traffic to roll over them slowly.
According to Piedmont Police Chief Richard Sanders, two buildings have collapsed in town - including one downtown that has collaped into Main St. Chief Sanders says the city of Piedmont has power right now.