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Polar vortex hits Pike County – Near record snowfall, low temps result

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Pike County was hit by Jack Frost late this weekend and earlier this week as the highly-anticipated Arctic outbreak swept through the Midwest Sunday and Monday.

Ameren Missouri reported Monday that their repair crews had restored power to more than 11,300 customers since the winter storm began Sunday evening. At the time of their report, there were still more than 1,100 customers without power.

As of Sunday night, Ameren Missouri had opened  its Emergency Operations Center to support restoration efforts in areas hit by the storm. They reported that, at the time, the hardest hit areas were in Jefferson County and southeast Missouri.

Crews planned to continue their efforts and have the remaining issues repaired by Monday night, although the power company was preparing for a remaining potential for additional outages.

“Our crews are focused on restoring power as quickly and safely as possible,” said Michael Moehn, senior vice president of Customer Operations for Ameren Missouri. “With the continued bitter cold, we must continue to stress the need for our customers to practice safety when keeping warm.”

The subfreezing cold, high winds, and hazardous road conditions posed a challenge to everyone braving the weather, including Ameren linemen and area road workers.

Get the rest of the story on the front page of the Jan. 8 edition of the Bowling Green Times.