KCP&L: Utility workers ready for another blast of winter weather

Marc LaVoie
January 16, 2019 - 7:08 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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Kansas City, MO - KCP&L officials say if another blast of winter strikes Thursday, its crews are ready to confront any damage that occurs.

The winter storm that blew through the area Friday and Saturday caused the third-largest outage in KCP&L history.

Close to 3,000 KCP&L customers remained without electricity Wednesday morning, and the utility called in reinforcements from eight surrounding states.

Those linemen could be called back to deal with problems if winter weather affects their home territories. Help from other power companies in other regions is on standby.

The work is not for the faint of heart, said Jeremy McNieve, KCP&L spokesman.

"These ladies and gentlemen have been working 16-hour shifts, followed by eight hours off, and then back on," McNieve said. "It's been grueling for these guys."

Customers in the Kansas City have been patient, for the most part, McNieve said.

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