Thousands Without Power In NE, SE Kansas

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Released by the Kansas Adjutant General

Snow and high winds are contributing to significant power outages being reported in Northeast and Southeast Kansas due to the winter storm that entered the state Monday.

Westar Energy reports power outages in the following counties affecting approximately 6,200 meters (11:45 a.m.): Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Douglas, Elk, Greenwood, Harvey, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Montgomery, Osage, Reno, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte.

Kansas City Power and Light reports approximately 45,000 meters without power in the Kansas City Metro area. Areas with outages longer than four hours include Greenwood County and Sedgwick County.

Sumner-Cowley Rural Electric Cooperative reports five substations off line. Operations workers are out counting number of downed poles. Sedgwick Rural Electric Cooperative is reporting 1,000 meters are off-line, including agricultural and irrigation hook ups.

Victory Rural Electric Cooperative is experiencing outages due to Westar transmission line going off line. The estimated time to bring back on line is six hours.

Cherokee County has approximately 4,000-5,000 meters without power.

Kansans are reminded to avoid downed power lines and report them to the local power company or their county emergency manager.

Warming Centers

Warming centers are opened to provide individuals with a warm place to go during the day during power outages. The following warming centers are open or on standby:

· Lyon County: One warming center, Neosho Rapids, open

· Leavenworth County: Two warming centers --Tonganoxie Fire Department and Basehor Fire Department, open

· Linn County: Blue Mound Senior Center, open. Working to open Centerville and Parker Senior Centers and Prescott City Hall as warming centers

Other counties have locations identified and/or on standby. No overnight shelters are being opened at this time. Counties will re-evaluate overnight shelter needs later today.

Digging out after the storm

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans to be safe as they begin to clear the snow from their roofs and driveways. Here are some safety tips:

· Do not work alone, if possible. Working with a partner allows you to keep an eye on each other.

· When clearing a roof, use long-handled snow rakes or poles

· Watch out for electrical wires

· If you must use a ladder, be sure the base is securely anchored and ask someone to hold the ladder while you climb.

· When shoveling, be sure you are properly dressed with shoes or boots that give you good traction

· Work in short periods to avoid over-exertion

· If using a snow blower or plow, observe all the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions

Road Conditions

The Kansas Department of Transportation has re-opened U.S. 160, U.S. 183, U.S. 283 and K-34 in southwest Kansas. All roads are now open.

In south central Kansas, KDOT has reopened Highways US-183, US-160, US-281, and part of K-42 (the section between the city of Nashville and the intersection with Hwy K-14)

Drivers should still use caution in many areas where roads are still snow packed. Check road conditions before traveling, by calling 5-1-1 or going online to

The following highways are still closed at the Kansas-Oklahoma state line due to conditions in Oklahoma:

· U.S. 83 southbound at Liberal

· K-23 southbound in Meade County

· U.S. 283 southbound in Clark County

· U.S. 183 southbound in Clark County

In south central Kansas, the following highways remain closed:

· K-42 Highway, from US-281 east to the city of Nashville