Power outages for several people across the region following morning storms – WLDS

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About 2,500 customers in Ameren-Illinois are still without power this afternoon after morning storms swept through the area.

Several reports of downed power lines and trees came in this morning starting at 5am. Locally heavy rains flooded roads in low-lying rural areas and other flood-prone areas. East of Winchester a report arrived this afternoon of a tree landing on a garage. No injuries were reported and no other damage has been officially reported at this time.

Ameren-Illinois said at 6:30 a.m. they activated their emergency operations center to begin assessing storm damage in the area. Ameren says the center will be staffed around the clock to coordinate catering services, logistical support and communication.

Ameren-Illinois customers are encouraged to report power or natural gas outages immediately by calling 1-800-755-5000. By calling the hotline, Ameren utility customers can receive the most up-to-date information and an estimated time to restore service. Real-time outage information can be found by visiting AmerenIllinois.com/outagemap.

The Illinois Electric Co-Op said the following about its current internet and power outage situation: “Last night’s storms caused extensive system damage. We currently have all crews working, as well as additional contractor crews. Due to the scattered nature of the damage, restoration times will vary depending on your location. Extensive damage from fallen trees will take considerable time to repair. Some members may be absent for several hours. We appreciate your patience and will provide updates as they become available. More information about the Illinois Electric Co-Op can be found by visiting here.

Menard Electric Cooperative is not currently reporting any service interruptions.

Storms have already taken their toll with some events in Jacksonville today.

The Links golf course is currently flooded, which has the effect of postponing the JHS basketball and football release scheduled for tomorrow to July 23.

Races scheduled for tonight at Jacksonville Motor Speedway at the Morgan County Fairgrounds are canceled due to a flooded circuit.

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