Winter came only too quick November 30, 2006 leaving 500,000 plus residents, powerless during a brisk ice storm Thursday evening. The temperatures dipped to a low of 13 degrees while residents scrambled to find shelter. Ameren http://www.ameren.com/Outage/ADC_RS_StormCenter.asp crew of over 7,000 workers tried diligently to restore power as quickly to the Illinois and Missouri residents. The problem Ameren encountered the most was restoring power to one area could leave another without power. Removing icy limbs was dangerous and required skill. Ameren warned all residents not to stay in their homes awaiting the power to be restored. They suggested everyone to seek warmth from a family, friend, or shelter where there was power.
Ameren restored the power in my neighborhood late Sunday evening, and I was one of the lucky ones. The temperature in my home dropped in the 30’s and took from 7:30 pm until 2:19 am to reach a comfortable 69 degrees. This experience was an eye opener for many, and me and it goes to show that you are really never too prepared for such a disaster.