Friday power outage updates across the Heartland

By Heartland News
While thousands of people remain in the dark this morning, there is progress being made in restoring power to many areas.
4:45pm Update: Mounds, Illinois now has water and power.  Morehouse, Missouri now has water.

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.

Morning update: The Southeastern Illinois Electric Coop had 7000 customers without power Thursday morning. By late Thursday night that number was down to 2000.  Most of the outages that remain are in Hardin and Pope counties.

Now in Missouri - in New Madrid County about 95 percent of homes there are still without power.  Eight warming shelters have been set up.  Three of those shelters are caring for about 300 people.  They continue to need generators and cots.  City of Portageville continues to need food and water for the shelters.  A power line is blocking the water plant and needs to be repaired.
In Pemiscot County, gas is in short supply as the whole county is without power.
The nearest gas station that's open right now is in dyersburg, tennessee.
Missouri National Guard troops are in Caruthersville conducting wellness checks.
Things are a bit better in Stoddard County this morning. Only 60 percent of the county is without power.  However the county is still requesting cots and generators for shelters. They are also in need of MRE's and bottled water.  Cell phone service is sporadic.
Some good news in Scott County.  Partial power has been restored to Benton, New Hamburg, Chaffee and Oran.  About 80 percent of the county is without electricity.  Power has been restored to about 30 percent of Sikeston.
In Ripley County, very good news in Doniphan.  Police say 95 percent of the power has been restored there.  There are still travel problems though.  The Missouri Conservation Department is helping clear roads.  Many are impassible due to downed trees.
In Carter County, some power has been restored in the Grandin area.  The city has also restored water and sewer services to some homes.  Bottled water is being delivered to the elderly and shut-ins.  Meanwhile, there are increasing reports of collapsed roofs of sawmills and other businesses.  Most secondary roads in the county are still rough and impassable.