UPDATE: City Utilities says that as of 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon there are 1,000 CU electric customers without electric service.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Joel Alexander with Springfield City Utilities says 13 utility poles are down on east Pythian street between Glenstone and Cedarbrook. This is as a result of the 70mph winds from the storms last night.
Power outages first started on the northwest side of Springfield around 5 a.m. this morning. When the storm hit its peak, Alexander says the city us about 10,000 power outages – maybe even more.
City Utilities has been working all day to put power lines back up. Alexander explained the lengthy process:
- Utility workers have to mark their work zone and block off the road
- Then they remove the old pole and its debris
- Remove the lines, insulators, and conductors by using a drill, chainsaw, and wrench
- Crews then drill a new hole for the new pole
- Then they add new and old equipment
In Pythian street’s case, they had to replace the old equipment. Alexander says each pole will take around four hours to replace.
After the pole and equipment are in place, the crew checks the power lines to make sure it’s safe and energized. If all goes well, power is back in service.