Ameren restores power in Cape following afternoon outage

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

After about four hours of relative darkness, power was restored to almost all of the more than 1,500 Ameren Missouri customers in the Cape Girardeau area who were without power Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service said temperatures were in excess of 95 degrees with a heat index of 111 degrees.

Only around 40 customers were without power at 10 p.m.

The outage was a result of a downed power line at 706 Mount Auburn Road, according to Mike Cleary, a spokesman for Ameren. He didn't know what caused the downed line. The outage occurred after 4:30 p.m.

Cleary said it could have been hit by lightning in a previous storm and the high temperatures may have caused the malfunction.

Ameren's priority was getting power restored to its customers, Cleary said. He estimated they'd have the problem fixed just before 8 p.m., although most of the more than 1,500 were still without power at that time.

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to one heat-related medical call after 9 p.m.

Ameren's online outage map showed 1,523 customers down in the 63701 ZIP code and another 38 in the 63703 ZIP code. All but one of those customers was still down at 8 p.m., when temperatures were still above 90 degrees.

The Cape Girardeau city government sent a message on Twitter saying Cape Splash was accepting no new customers as a result of the outage.

Pertinent address:

Cape Girardeau, MO

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