Ameren Illinois crews worked throughout the night to restore outages caused by the high winds and snow. The power company activated its Emergency Operations Center about 8:00 p.m. Sunday.
The goal was to coordinate power restoration efforts necessary to deal with the broken power poles as well as fallen trees and limbs that brought a large number of outages. I-DOT stopped running plows in some areas and closed highways that made accessibility to some damaged equipment difficult for crews.
Ameren reportedly has more than 300 people engaged in power restoration include electric and forestry crews. The company has three emergency response trailers in place in La Salle, Galesburg and Peoria.
A statement from Ameren says fresh crews are arriving from other Ameren Illinois areas and plan to continue work as quickly and safely as possible.