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Crews repair downed power lines, remove uprooted trees

Crews repair downed power lines, remove uprooted trees

July 9th, 2014 in News

Jefferson City's west side had several power outages as trees and branches fell over electric lines, as shown here on Henwick Lane. Daniel Hager used a chainsaw to cut the branches off the lines Tuesday so Ameren crews could work to return service. Hager and others from The Shade Tree Service Company of Fenton, Mo., started at 4 a.m. to clear debris from the previous night's heavy winds.

Photo by Julie Smith

Downed power lines and uprooted trees were the common damage reports around Jefferson City following storms that moved through late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Officials with the National Weather Service in St. Louis said the storms rolled through between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The storms packed 60-70 mph winds, but only produced a half-inch to an inch and a half of rain throughout the area. Because the storms moved through quickly, it limited rainfall totals.

The public works departments in Cole County and Jefferson City had crews getting trees off roads and streets starting at midnight Tuesday, before full crews came in at 6 a.m.

Centertown and the Rainbow Drive area in the west part of the county was where much of the tree and utility line damage occurred. Crews used back hoes and chainsaws to get the trees out of the way.

County officials said the front part of the ambulance/emergency service building on Southridge Drive was damaged by the storm. Some of the metal was ripped off where new ambulance bay doors are being installed. Repairs were made Tuesday, and county officials said the damage shouldn't slow down work on the building improvements which are scheduled to be done by the end of August.

At the height of the storms, Ameren Missouri officials said more than 5,800 of its customers were without power in Central Missouri. By the end of the day Tuesday, all customers were back on line.

Three River Electric Cooperative officials said approximately 2,000 of its members were without power at the height of the storm. But by early Tuesday evening, all members were back on line. Outages were reported in six of the seven counties the cooperative serves with Gasconade County having the most outages.