Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More on Storm Recovery

According to the News-Democrat, a lot of work still needs to be done, but it's improving all the time:

Some of the remaining 29,000 power outages in the metro-east will officially turn 1-week-old tonight if Ameren cannot restore power by the end of the day.

While the company had hoped to return electricity to 90 percent of its metro-east customers by Tuesday evening, obstacles in the field and news of the death of 13-year Ameren employee Robert Tackett proved detrimental to that goal.

Tackett, 56, was electrocuted Tuesday morning while clearing downed lines in Ladue, Mo.

"Our recent loss further drives home the message of safety, and how difficult and dangerous this work really is," said Ameren spokesman Erica Abbett. "Safety is more important for us than speed. We don't
want anything like this to happen again, but we aren't slowing our

More than 100,000 Ameren customers in Missouri remained without power Tuesday. Power lines were damaged in storms last Wednesday and Friday.

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