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CENTREVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Ameren Illinois reported about 22,000 customers still without power in the metro east region Thursday evening.

In a news release, the utility company assured extra crews were working overtime to restore power as quickly as possible with safety in mind. Ameren Illinois estimates all customers should have power by Friday afternoon or Saturday.

In the meantime, leaders in Centreville, Illinois want residents to know they can come to city hall to relax in air conditioning and be fed.

Mayor Mark Jackson opened up city hall despite a storm damaged roof.

“The citizens need a place to go. They are without power, it’s hot outside, and it’s our job to make sure the citizens are taken care of,” Jackson said.

Police officers shuttled in senior citizens and even served meals. It’s prepared to serve its citizens in this way as long as it takes to get everyone’s power back on.