More than 11,000 homes and businesses started Friday without electricity. Lindenwood University's Belleville campus is providing housing for up to 500 linemen who are working to restore power.
Since the wake of Wednesday’s storm that affected the entire Ameren Illinois area, field crews and contractors have restored power to more than 100,000 people over the last 40 hours, but thousands were still in the dark Friday afternoon.
Ameren says thousands of resources are being put on the restoration project, including 900 contract workers. Some those linemen are spending the night at Lindenwood University in Belleville.
Ameren Illinois also opened a service center for customers a temporary mobile unit at a parking lot at Mount Carmel Church. Ameren said various states are involved in the restoration in the metro east region. The dispatched crews include Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.
Ameren Illinois said they hope to have the power restored to the majority of its customers by Friday night.