FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Neighbors living near the area surrounding Robinwood Elementary School in Florissant came home to Ameren trucks lining their dark street and workers high up with the trees restoring power.
“It went out this morning. My boys called, I was at work and had to leave work to make sure they were secure and had food,” said Catherine Otis.
Catherine Otis and her family were leaving their home around 6:30 p.m. They were heading to a hotel for the night.
With schools closed for the day, Otis’s 13-year-old son had stayed in their cold home, without electricity for the entire day. He had nowhere else to go.
“Just at peace right now knowing we have somewhere to go but if we didn't have extra money, there would be nowhere to be,” said Otis.
Ameren says downed tree branches are to blame for cutting power to nearly 500 customers in the area, customers like Harry Frye.
“I came home from work at about 2:30 p.m. and noticed all the power was off,” said Harry Frye. “I called Ameren and they told me it would be back on at 4:45 well obviously it's not on.”
Frye waited, frustrated, watching the workers as the sun began to set in his dark, cold home.
“I called the Holiday Inn out in Hazelwood on Taylor; they wanted $154 for the night. I said no way,” said Frye.
But we found others embracing the glitch.
“It's fine with me because it's kind of like camping,” Danica Boone said.
She’s 9 years-old and was perfectly fine without electricity. Instead of TV or a computer to entertainment, Boone and her younger brother grabbed candles and flashlights for a pretend camp-out in their living room.
Ameren said it will have crews working through the night to make sure power is restored to all customers by the morning.