Snow Update: Power Still Out For Many | KCUR

Snow Update: Power Still Out For Many

Feb 26, 2013

"Snowpocalypse 2" brought upwards of a foot of snow to some parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The storm shut down schools and businesses, and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

Update Tuesday 4:30 p.m.: KCP&L reports about 30,000 customers without power.

Katie McDonald, KCP&L Director of Communications, told KCUR: "We started to see our outages begin overnight and continue through the day. All told today, we've had a little over 98,000 customers lose power in our service territory.

"We've restored power to more than 70,000 customers. We do still have close to 30,000 customers who are still without power. A large number of those people lost power this afternoon."

McDonald says crews will be working overnight to restore power.

Update Tuesday 3 p.m.: KCATA reports ATA bus service is expected to return to normal tomorrow.

Click here for hour-by-hour updates from KMBC.

Click here for information about school and institutional closings.

As of 2 p.m., KCP&L reported power had been restored to more than 60 percent of customers:

"We have seen approximately 94,000 customers affected by this storm. As of 1:30 p.m., more than 57,000 customers have been restored (or more than 60% of those impacted with outages have been restored). We currently have less than 37,000 customers without power (or less than 5% of our customers). The outages are scattered throughout our service area, with nearly 19,000 of the customers out in the Metro."

City workers were trying to clear out streets.

Some Look To Benefit From Lost Workday

Meanwhile, for a lot of people, today’s snow day meant lost wages.  But Dale Miller and his two cousins found a different way to take advantage of the day off in Brookside: Digging neighbors out.

“I can make a little money,” said Miller, who couldn't make it to work. “I know people are trapped in. Snow is deep, and it’s hard for people to get to go to work.  So we’re out today trying to give a helping hand.”

How have you been managing the snow?