Kansas Storm Victims Could Be In Dark Until Next Week

By: 13 News/AP
By: 13 News/AP

Franklin County - Some people who lost power in fast-moving storms may be in the dark for several more days.

The Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative said that, as of 3pm Thursday, it still had 772 customers in the Garnett, Richmond and Welda areas without power.

Kansas City Power and Light had 8000 people without power at one point, but that was down to fewer than 1500 by Thursday afternoon.

Still, utility officials said it might be Tuesday before everyone had power restored.

Winds topping 70-miles per hour also blew over big rigs on I35 near Ottawa and peeled back the roofs on buildings Wednesday afternoon.
Officials in Anderson, Bourbon, Franklin and Linn counties have all made local disaster declarations.

The Lyon-Coffey Electric Coop said it had its crews and four neighboring cooperatives (Butler Rural, Flint Hills, LJEC and Radiant) worked to restore service. They say the winds caused nearly 100 utility poles to break.

“The power to cooperative members in the Homewood area has been restored. We are currently working on replacing poles in Anderson County and southern Franklin County," General Manager Scott Whittington said. "Lyon-Coffey’s restoration efforts are approximately 60% complete. Best case scenario is power will be completely restored (Friday) evening. Kansas City Power and Light lost several transmission line poles that provide electricity to our Welda substation. Their restoration efforts are also aggressively being pursued.”

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