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Ameren substations in risk of flooding

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Three of Ameren's substations in south St. Louis County are at risk for flooding when the Meramec River crests Friday.

The utility has 250 employees working to sandbag around the Marshall, Fenton, and Rudder substations.

In the meantime, Ameren spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says they're asking customers in south St. Louis County to cut back on electricity as much as possible.

"The less electricity flowing in there the easier it is to switch customers to substations that can handle them," Gallagher said.

Ameren began moving equipment from the substations Wednesday.

Gallagher says the utility has known the substation in Fenton is vulnerable to flooding and has been working on getting permits to move the facility.

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