Power restored to 95 percent of Kansas City metro area - KCTV5

Power restored to 95 percent of Kansas City metro area

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Overall, nearly 140,000 customers were without power at some point during Saturday evening’s storm, representing one of the worst storms in the KCP&L's history, the electric company said Monday. (KCTV5) Overall, nearly 140,000 customers were without power at some point during Saturday evening’s storm, representing one of the worst storms in the KCP&L's history, the electric company said Monday. (KCTV5)
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The number of metro residents without power continues to dwindle down on Tuesday. 

As of 8:17 a.m. on Tuesday, 5,500 KCP&L customers were without power, with 2,238 of those customers living in Overland Park, KS. In Wyandotte County, about 3,500 BPU customers were without power and 365 residents in Independence did not have power. 

Overall, nearly 140,000 customers were without power at some point during Saturday evening’s storm, representing one of the worst storms in the KCP&L's history, the electric company said Monday.

"Since the storm restoration began, KCP&L crews, with the assistance of crews from neighboring utilities and contractors, have restored power to nearly 85 percent of those impacted, leaving approximately 21,000 customers without power," KCP&L said in a written statement.

KCP&L said there were nearly 1,300 people in the field Monday night and into Tuesday working to get the lights back on. It is expected that 90 percent of affected customers will have power by midnight. The remainder will have power Tuesday, with a small percentage with severe damage to poles and wires coming back on Wednesday.

"It is important to note that the volume of smaller outages is very high, meaning that one 'event' may only turn on a handful of customers at one time," KCP&L said.

Repair crews from Overland Park Public Works and Parks staff are working in 12 hour shifts in an attempt to restore power to the area. 

A Wyandotte County official on Monday morning said that area still had about 6,300 people without electricity as of 7:15 a.m.

Several neighborhoods near Tauromee Avenue in KCK are also dealings with power outages. Roads, driveways and lawns are littered with downed trees. 

Karl Malone was forced to leave his home Saturday night after strong winds caused a tree to fall on his roof. 

"Try to get out of the neighborhood, and we had to take three different routes because it was trees power lines and everything blocking off streets. So it's something you kind of see out of a twister or tornado movie,” he said.

On top of that, Malone is without power. Workers are patching his roof, but he doesn't know when his lights will be back on. 

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS came by to document the damage near Tauromee Avenue and 82nd Terrace. 

"Took an assessment of the property and deemed it limited access due to the damage,” Malone said.

Downed trees lined the streets for several blocks. 

"In between the two neighborhoods in the back, we got just clusters of trees all the way back in through the middle, and it basically tore up and ripped up all those trees and lines,” Jeffery Walton said.

Jackson Willis works with a management company and is on his second location of the day. 

"We had a big tree fall in the back with some damage. We had to call our insurance company about it gave us a bunch of problems. Every single storm there's always a tree down around here,” Willis said.

This is the second time this summer a storm has knocked out Malone’s power. His wife could deliver their second child any day now, so this outage couldn't have happened at a worse time. 

“It's been a very eventful summer … so definitely hope this is the last time especially with the two kids,” he said.

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities says there are several crews out working to restore power. There is no estimate on when services will be restored.    

Westar had all but 50 customers restored, mostly in Johnson County, by Monday morning. Independence Power and Light still showed almost 6,000 customers without power.

If you have medical needs, you can call them and get on a priority list.

Those looking to drop off tree limbs and storm debris in Overland Park can do so at Young's Pool, located at 8421 W 77th Street. The drop off is free but no curbside pickup will be available and those who come will have to prove that they are a resident of the city.

Kansas City Power & Light outage map: http://outagemap.kcpl.com

At the time of this writing, the BPU's outage map in Kansas City, Kan., was down and not functioning. They said they are trying to fix that. They also said to call 573-9522 or 311 to report outages?

For a list of cooling centers, you can call 211. Always remember to use generators in well-ventilated areas to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

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