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Storm Recovery Efforts Underway


Crews have been working around the clock to restore power to Springfield residents.

KSMU's Christy Hendricks explains the city's recovery efforts.

Four days after a severe ice storm ravaged the Ozarks, 25-thousand Springfield residents remain without power today.

At its peak, as many as 65-thousand people were out of power.

Nearly 200 tree trimming crews have been working in the area today.

Over 50 line crews worked today and another 43 crews will begin tomorrow.

Springfield City Utilities General Manager John Twitty says 13 of the 155 feeder circuits throughout the city are still locked out.

He says as line crews reach individual homes, the progress of restoring power will slow down.

Twitty says CU will perform tree trimming in certain circumstances.

John Twitty says if the weatherhead on the home is damaged, then it is the homeowner's responsibility to hire a licensed electrician to repair it before CU can restore power.

He says there is a possibility of rebound outages as temperatures increase and the ice begins to melt off of trees.

Ryan Nicholls is the director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management.

He says the Federal Emergency Management Association will begin help with damage assessment next week.

Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson says residents should not try to haul debris to the curb of the street especially with ice because it's dangerous.

He says he's proud of the way the community has handled this ice storm.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department started inspections today of local restaurants returning to power.

Free water testing will be provided as well.

Greene County residents can bring water samples in a sterile container to 227 E. Chestnut Expressway.

For information on warming centers and overnight shelters call 869-6040.