OPPD Sending Crews To Kansas City

OPPD is sending crews to the Kansas City area to help restore power after a weekend storm left more than 110,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers without power at its peak.

This is reportedly the worst winter storm to hit that area in more than 15 years. The National Weather Service said it is the single most snowfall in a one day in the Kansas City region in nearly three decades.

The storm caused many downed tree limbs after snow falls that ranged from 4 to 10 inches. The storm caused extensive damage to the utility’s electrical system.

OPPD is sending four 3-person crews, two mechanics and a supervisor to assist in the effort.  The latest update from KCP&L indicates there were still 50,000 customers without power as of Monday morning. For KCP&L, it is the largest storm in terms of outages since 2011.

There are more than 1,000 linemen, tree trimmers, engineers and support staff working on restoration in the area.  In addition to the OPPD crews, 10 crews consisting of 23 contractor tree trimmers, are also going to the Kansas City area.

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