More than 1,000 working to restore power to KCP&L customers

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 13, 2019 – More than 1,000 utility workers are braving wet, heavy snow to restore power to about 80,000 customers who are currently without power. Sunday, KCP&L crews were joined by crews from Iowa and other areas of Kansas and Missouri to repair damage that initially left more than 110,000 KCP&L customers without power. Crews will work around the clock to continue restoring power to customers at least into Tuesday.

Winter Storm Gia moved slowly through the Kansas City region Saturday, blanketing the city with up to 11 inches of wet, heavy snow. KCP&L crews began restoring power as the storm began Saturday morning. The snow clung to tree limbs and powerlines, weighing them down, causing significant tree and wire damage and resulting in power outages.

More than 1,000 linemen, tree trimmers, engineers and support staff are working in the field Sunday to restore power with many others coordinating efforts behind the scenes. The field team addressing outages Sunday was double that of Saturday, bolstered by crews arriving from Westar Energy, Kansas; Mid-American, Iowa; and Liberty Utilities-Empire District, Missouri, to help restore power. Utilities have a practice of sharing crews when large storms hit areas to enable them to grow their work force and respond to the urgent need. Line contractors and tree trimming contractors are assisting as well.

While line crews restored power Sunday, KCP&L sent teams into other affected neighborhoods to assess and note damage. The information is used to ensure the right crew arrives with the needed materials to make repairs when they are assigned to that neighborhood. It makes the overall storm response more efficient.  

With the extended outages and cold temperatures, warming centers are available in some communities. A list of warming centers is available from the United Way of Greater Kansas City online or by calling 2-1-1.

Current outage locations and numbers are available on the KCP&L outage map. Outages may be reported online at KCPL.com and at 1-888-LIGHTKC (888-544-4852). 

About KCP&L and Westar Energy:

Serving approximately 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

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Gina Penzig
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Gina.Penzig@westarenergy.com

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