Some Illinois Valley residents awoke without power this morning with the temperatures outside dropping below minus-22 degrees Fahrenheit.
Power-restoration crews were assigned and working on an outage on the west side of Spring Valley that affected more than 600 Ameren customers. Another outage on the east side of Ottawa affected more than 200 Ameren customers.
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“I’m doing my best to keep my kids bundled together with me under blankets, but you can feel the wind in the house,” said Jamie Pruitt, a Spring Valley resident who posted earlier today her powerless home had fallen to 62 degrees and slipping. “(I am) praying Ameren gets power restored to everyone soon.”
Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini said he directed the police chief to make city hall open today as a warming center. Fire departments in Bureau and Dalzell also were opened as warming centers, according to online reports.
Ameren indicated the separate outages occurred after 4 a.m. The company estimated power would be restored by 6:45 a.m.
However, Spring Valley emergency crews were called about lines down at Route 89 near the Walmart Distribution Center at about 6:50 a.m. Route 89 traffic was blocked for part of the morning during. Power restoration was estimated for 11:45 a.m.
More power lines down: Around 6:45 a.m., Mendota fire and ambulance was called about wires down near First Avenue and 16th Street. Emergency crews notified 16th Street residents of the outage and the location of a warming center, and also offered rides for some.
ComEd also had a crew north of Mendota near Welland early this morning because of an outage that affected five customers and another crew in southern Lee County northeast of Van Orin for an outage caused by a damaged power line.
Around 3:30 a.m., Marseilles firefighters and power crews were called to 2626 N 2553rd Road for power lines down on the road.
Back-to-back days: A power outage Tuesday also affected Ameren customers in Ottawa.
“The Ottawa outage was first reported about 3:15 yesterday afternoon, impacting 279 customers. We had several crews on the scene working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to our customers,” said Stacey Shangraw, Ameren Illinois public relations. “We were able to restore most customers through our switching process....but there were approximately 150 customers that were not restored until about 10:45 p.m. The cause of the outage was a malfunction of a terminator in the underground vault in front of Midland Bank.”