All Ameren customers in Adams and Pike counties that went without power through most of Thursday have service restored following a bout of winter weather that left many in the dark.
According to the Ameren Illinois outage map, all customers in Adams and Pike counties that experienced outages have service restored.
Some power outages persisted into Friday morning. Ameren Illinois spokesman Leigh Morris said yesterday's fierce winds made it difficult for crews to restore service.
"It's typically gonna take a crew little longer to get their work done when you've got winds at 40-60 miles an hour and blowing snow."
Several communities in the Adams and Pike counties including, Payson, Griggsville, Barry and more were without power for most of Thursday afternoon and evening.
Morris said the high wind gusts create an effect called "galloping conductors", where power lines violently whip due to crosswinds. He said crews would be out continuing work early Friday morning for any remaining outages.
The power outages are just part of the punch left by Thursday's bout of winter weather, as numerous vehicle accidents, nearly impassable roads have kept emergency crews busy all day.
Thurday's winter weather included snowfall as deep at 7 inches in Mt. Hamill, Iowa, in northern Lee County. It had been nearly two years since Lee County experienced this amount of snowfall, but neighbors pitched in to help keep sidewalks and driveways safe.
In Illinois, wind gusts over 50 miles an hour didn't help driving conditions as Illinois State Police Troopers became overwhelmed with the number of calls of stranded drivers.
"Get people off the roads," Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhart told WGEM News Thursday afternoon. "We just can't keep up."
District 20 called in Troopers to begin their shifts early to have extra hands on the road, but the workload was still overwhelming, Kindhart said.
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