Additional crews help to restore power to Pittsburg area
PITTSBURG, Kan. — From Westar Energy:
Westar Energy crews are restoring power to customers in the Pittsburg area following high winds and a reported tornado that moved through the area Monday evening. Initially nearly 2,800 customers were without electricity. As of noon Tuesday, fewer than 400 customers in the Pittsburg area were without electricity. Westar expects to complete power restoration by noon Wednesday.
Crews and support staff from throughout the Westar and KCP&L service areas came to Pittsburg. Westar Energy has about 225 people dedicated to getting power restored to the community. Thirty line crews are working on repairs in the Pittsburg area to restore power with more arriving later today. Main line repairs helped to bring the number of customers without power down overnight Monday. Tuesday work was focused on rebuilding 2 miles of transmission line along 260th Street and on repairing neighborhood lines and service lines. Twenty-five tree trimming crews helped clear branches and downed trees from overhead lines.
“Crews are working on more than 50 repairs to restore power to Pittsburg area customers. Much of the work involves equipment that serves a small number of customers and may be in alleyways. This coupled with continued rain and flooding in low-lying areas means repairs will take a while,” said Kari West, Westar Energy spokesperson. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews continue to work until power is restored to all of our customers.”
Most of the damage was in southeast Pittsburg and stretching out to the Kansas-Missouri state line. Damage included downed power poles, wires and other repairs.
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