By Christy Hendricks
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety urges residents to be prepared for possible power outages.
About 75 percent of the city lost power around midnight Monday from the mix of sleet and rain. This after a fire damaged a transformer at the Colman substation on the northwest side of town last Wednesday.
Power was restored within a couple of hours, but more outages are likely due to the overtaxed substation and ice accumulation.
Some electrical lines and trees have already snapped and caused more eletrical problems for the city.
If you have a power related question, Sikeston DPS requests you not to call 911, but call Sikeston BMU.
We ask that you have patience with city officials as we deal with the problems at hand. BMU should be commended for their hard work with this recent crisis. They have been working throughout the night attempting to correct the problem and will have a long day ahead.
If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and contact our department. Do not approach any suspected downed power line. Downed lines are very dangerous and could energize objects or the ground around them.