Power nearly restored to thousands after strong storms Monday

Wind damage from Monday storms

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (KFVS) - Strong storms knocked out power for thousands in southeast Missouri on Monday, May 4.

At one time, at least 13,000 customers were without power.

As of 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, Ameren Missouri reported power has been restored to all of their customers in southeast Missouri.

Ozark Border Electric reported on Thursday morning that 93 customers are without power in Butler County, 159 in Carter County, 3 in Dunklin County, 139 in Ripley County and 12 in Wayne County. The electric co-op said restoring power to the remaining customers would not be easy but crews would work through the night to “get this nightmare behind us.”

We started the day with 2,500 outages. As of 9 pm we are at just over 1,000. This last thousand won’t be easy, but we...

Posted by Ozark Border Electric Cooperative on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The General Manager of Ozark Border Electric said linemen have been working since Sunday’s strong storms to restore power. Some crew members were in the field for 31 hours straight. Crews were pulled out of the field last night so they could get some rest.

In a Facebook statement, Ozark Border’s general manager said “This is the biggest disaster to hit OBCE since the ice storm of 2009.”

You have some of the most dedicated cooperative employees in the world. Many of the staff and employees at Ozark Border...

Posted by Ozark Border Electric Cooperative on Monday, May 4, 2020

In western Kentucky and northeast Tennessee, Gibson Electric said it started Tuesday with more than 40 broken poles.

Their crews, along with those from Pickwick Electric Cooperative and Service Electric, made progress throughout the day. As of 5:30 a.m. on Thursday power had been restored to all of their customers.

Gibson EMC employees prepare to set a pole. Operating the truck is Line Crew Leader J.J. Whitwell. At right is First Class Lineworker P.J. Haskins and at left is First Class Lineworker Kerry KuyKendall. (Source: Gibson Electric)
Gibson EMC employees prepare to set a pole. Operating the truck is Line Crew Leader J.J. Whitwell. At right is First Class Lineworker P.J. Haskins and at left is First Class Lineworker Kerry KuyKendall. (Source: Gibson Electric) (Source: Givson Electric)

Storm damage

According to New Madrid County EMA Manager Dave McClarty, numerous phone and electrical lines are down in Gideon caused power outages. He said some homes and other structures are damaged. No injuries have been reported.

In Dunklin County, a train derailed west of Campbell on U.S. 62, near the Arkansas state line.

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