Illinois communities affected by power outages during extreme cold
Several Illinois communities are without power on Jan. 30, 2019, one of the coldest days in state history.
Reports from power companies’ outage maps show four communities where outages are affecting large groups of people. Information listed is taken from the outage maps.
Alexis (12:20 p.m.) – 82 people are affected just west of Alexis. The outages started after 8 a.m. this morning, but the number grew after 10 a.m. The cause of the outages is not yet known, and there is no estimated restoration time. Alexis is covered by Ameren.
Eldena UPDATE (10:40 a.m.) – Only 18 people are currently affected by power outages.
EARLIER (9:55 a.m.) – 42 people are affected. Crews are currently working on the issue, which is listed as an equipment problem. Estimated restoration is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 30. Eldena is covered by ComEd.
New Windsor UPDATE (10:38 a.m.) Power has been restored.
EARLIER (10:00 a.m.) – 459 people are affected. Two main outages have happened, one of which has been caused by wire damage. The outage started at 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 30, and estimated restoration has not been determined. Windsor is covered by Ameren.
Peoria (12:25 p.m.) 102 people are affected by power outages, which started at 11:10 a.m. Crews are working on a damaged cable, but there’s no estimated restoration time right now. Peoria is covered by Ameren.
Spring Valley (10:00 a.m.) – 112 people are affected in and around Spring Valley. Outages started as early at 4:27 a.m. today, caused in part by wire damage. Estimated restoration is expected between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Spring Valley is covered by Ameren.
Sterling UPDATE (12:25 p.m.) – The number of people affected is back down to 181. Estimated restoration is at 12:30 p.m.
UPDATE (10:40) – 1,328 people are affected by power outages. Several power lines are damaged. Crews are assessing the damage. There is no estimated time of restoration.
EARLIER (9:55 a.m.) – 181 people are affected. Crews have been working on the issue, but more people are needed to help fix at least one damaged power line. Estimated restoration is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30. Sterling is covered by ComEd.
News 8 has a reporter in Windsor, Illinois. We will be providing updates as we learn more information.