Wed February 27, 2013
Power Outages Reduced From Kansas City Region Snow Storm
Kansas City area residents have fought their way out of a second major snowstorm in less than a week. Some areas got upwards of a foot of new snow.
Electrical and plowing crews still face challenges.
Daylight brings renewed residential street plowing in Kansas City, Missouri, where a 7-and-a-half-foot wide swath will be cut to remove the bulk, but not down-to-pavement snow.
Contractors had worked through the night in parts of Johnson County, Kansas.
Major thoroughfares and Interstates were cleared.
The number of people without electricity had been cut dramatically from a storm high of more than 98,000 for Kansas City Power & Light.
By four Wednesday morning the number was down to 13,500.
Katie McDonald of the utility company said the bulk of work is across the center part of the metro region.
"The largest area of outages we still have is South of the river on both the Johnson County side as well as the Missouri side, and also South of the metro. We have areas such as Nevada, Missouri."
The Kansas City area with the largest number of outages is either side of 50 Highway-470 around Ruskin Heights with 700 outages.
6,400 customers were still out in Kansas.
The biggest single area is northern Overland Park and Prairie Village with a thousand homes and businesses without power. The area is between State Line Road and Lamar, 83rd to 63rd.
Another 600 were affected in Roeland Park, Mission and Fairway.
Spotty outages affected 160 around Raytown.
There are still clusters out all around the region. Two deaths in Kansas City, Kansas, are blamed on using a gasoline generator inside a house.
ATA bus service is scheduled to be back to normal times and routes.
In Kansas, The JO bus system is supposed to return to normal service today.