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Power Slowly Comes Back On For Thousands Left In The Dark

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Westar crews have been working continuously over the past few days and are making progress getting the power back on.

With the nearly constant work of crews, Westar now has the lights back on for more than 60,000 customers who lost power since the storm began.

"We've been very busy. Our one shift was 34 to 36 hours. Got six hours of sleep then come back on for another," said crew member Joe James.

Power lines were pummeled during the storm. A thick layer of ice plus the wind and cracking tree limbs were the culprits for all the outages. 285 poles across the region were damaged. Some customers had their power go out more than once.

By Saturday evening almost 13,000 Westar customers were still in the dark. But less than 24 hours later that number has been cut down by well over a half.

The clear weather, warmer temperatures and fast melting ice and snow are helping the process go much faster.

"You can see a lot more. You don't have to worry about driving in the snow and ice. Makes it a lot easier getting around town," said James.

And because of the improving conditons crews expect to have all the power back on to people by the end of monday.

To see an updated list of power outage numbers go to www.westarenergy.com. To report an outage call Westar at 1-800-544-4857.


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