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Power Outage

Ameren Missouri plans to invest $5 billion to improve the statewide electrical grid.
Ameren Missouri

For Caya Aufiero, a power outage is more than an inconvenience.

When one occurs, business at Urban Eats — a restaurant she co-owns in Dutchtown — can come to a standstill.

“You have to close your doors and write your business off for the day,” said Aufiero. “It’s painful, very painful.”

Across St. Louis, such outages are becoming increasingly common as underground wiring installed nearly a century ago deteriorates. Ameren Missouri is spending billions of dollars to upgrade the state’s electrical grid, fixes that will include repairing lines.

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Update 3:47 p.m.:

A good news update - it looks like the numbers of those without power have gone down dramatically in the last half hour or so.

Updated 3:18 p.m. with approximate boundaries of outage - map below

A planned power outage, announced Wednesday afternoon by Ameren, has, at our last check just before 3 p.m., affected approximately 4,800 people in the Missouri portion of the St. Louis area.

The outage was necessary, Ameren said in a statement, to make repairs following a cable failure Tuesday night. Those repairs, Ameren said, are being made to "prevent a more widespread and extensive outage."

AmerenUE moves electrical lines underground

May 12, 2008
Ameren Vice President Richard Mark shows the type of cables that are being put under ground to improve reliability.300 pixels 2008 photo
Provided by AmerenUE | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Even as AmerenUE battled a new round of power outages brought on by weekend storms, the Missouri utility giant continues to ramp up its plan to move more and more of its most vulnerable electrical lines underground.