BREAKING NEWS: Update 4 -- Cause of power outage determined

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1:08 p.m. -- We spoke with Mike Clearly a short time ago.  Clearly said, “The outage began shortly after 9:00 a.m. and effected approximately 1300 customers in the New Haven and Berger areas along highway 100.  The power outage lasted about 45 minutes."

Clearly said, “The outage was caused by a problem in a substation.  A lightning arrester had failed.”  Clearly said, “There was no lighting this morning however it may have been damaged by a storm and just did not fail until today.”

Ameren had to dispatch a crew to physically replace the lightning arrester. Clearly said, “We have a lot of automated switches, when something fails we can simply reroute around the effected area.  However in this case we had to have a crew replace the device in order to restore power.”

 

Ameren should be praised in their quick respond and replacement of the lightning arrester, with the outage lasting only 45 minutes.

A lightning arrester is a device used on electrical power systems to protect the i

nsulation on the system from the damaging effect of lightning.

We would like to especially thank BMI Technologies and Ben Vedder for providing internet access and making it possible to inform you on the unexpected incident.  We would also like to thank Ameren for their prompt response in providing the cause of the outage.  

10:26 a.m. -- Ameren has updated their site and now reporting only 7 customers without power.  It appears Ameren has resolved the issue.  We are in contact with Ameren and will keep providing updates.

If you do not have power please contact us at 636-359-1018, so we can ensure you are provided with the most up to date information.

10:20 -- According to Ameren's website there are 389 customers without power.

10:14 a.m. -- We just spoke with Communication Executive Mike Cleary for Ameren Missouri.  Cleary said, “We are currently attempting to determine the cause.”  As soon as he as more information he will be contacting us and we will inform you as more information comes in. 

10:01 a.m. -- We are investigating the current power outage.  From the information we have been able to obtain from City Hall, the outage seems to be North of Hwy 100, however, City Hall does have power.

We are currently contacting Ameren and will provide further information as soon as we receive it.