Preparing for power outages from winter weather

Electric crews prepare for power outages

PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Heavy, wet snow can cause power lines to sag and break.

By 5:30 p.m., there was already a couple of inches of snow in Perry County, Mo. and the accumulation will only increase over night.

Shawn Seabaugh, communications specialist with Citizens Electric Cooperative, said heavy and wet snow can also break off tree limbs, which could cause a power outage.

He said the electric co-op is proactive about trimming trees that are close to power lines before a storm hits.

One of the most common reasons for a power outage, Seabaugh said, is actually a vehicle crash.

“When the roads aren’t really good for driving, we have a lot of car versus pole accidents,” he said. “Those can be very dangerous for the individual in the car, so you want to make sure you stay inside your car until help arrives and determines that power line is not energized.”

Seabaugh said you never know how long a power outage can last, so he suggested keeping a flashlight, radio, extra batteries, blankets and plenty of food and water nearby just in case.

Power Outages

Ameren Illinois reported 115 customers without power at 12 a.m. on Saturday, January 12.

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