KCP&L continuing to add crews to help restore power after winter storm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Power & Light crews are continuing to work to restore power to thousands of customers across the metro.

KCP&L said additional line crews from neighboring utility companies will join in power restoration for KCP&L customers.

More than 1,000 utility workers worked Sunday to restore power, according to the company. About 57,000 customers remained without power Sunday evening.

KCP&L said crews will work around the clock to continue restoring power to customers at least into Tuesday.

Bruce Akins with KCP&L said tree trimming crews and line crews made good progress Sunday.

“The weight of this heavy, wet snow caused damage comparable to severe ice storms. The last winter storm that caused this much damage was more than 15 years ago. We have a lot of repairs to complete, so we are bringing in more line crews from neighboring utilities.”

The winter storm that moved slowly through the Kansas City region Saturday, blanketed the city with up to 11 inches of wet, heavy snow. The storm initially left more than 110,000 KCP&L customers without power. The snow clung to tree limbs and powerlines, weighing them down, causing significant tree and wire damage and resulting in power outages.

Monday, nearly 1,500 linemen, tree trimmers, engineers and support staff will be working to restore power, according to the company.

KCP&L crews have been joined by crews from Westar Energy, Midwest Energy, Mid-American, Iowa; Ameren, Missouri and Illinois; Springfield Utilities, Missouri; and Liberty Utilities-Empire District, Missouri, to help restore power.

KCP&L said utility companies have a practice of sharing crews when large storms hit areas to enable them to grow their work force and respond to the urgent need. Line contractors and tree trimming contractors are assisting as well.

With the extended outages and cold temperatures, warming centers are available in some communities. A list of warming centers is available from the United Way of Greater Kansas City online or by calling 211.

Current outage locations and numbers are available on the KCP&L outage map. Outages may be reported online and at 1-888-LIGHTKC (888-544-4852).

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