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Disaster Response and Mutual Aid

AMP, MPUA Coordinate Power Restoration Help for City Water Light & Power

Joint action agencies American Municipal Power and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance responded quickly to send crews from member cities to help public power utility City Water Light & Power in Springfield, Ill., restore power in the wake of storms that hit its service territory.

Soon after the mutual aid request came from City Water Light & Power in early July, Mark Mustain, Manager for Training Services at MPUA, and Scott McKenzie, Senior Director of Member Training and Safety at AMP, coordinated crews from their member cities to assist Springfield with their restoration.

Crews from the following Missouri public power communities traveled to Springfield, Ill., to help with power restoration efforts:

  • Nixa
  • Rolla
  • Carthage
  • Chillicothe 

Mustain noted that an MPUA crew teamed up with Chillicothe to make a 5-man crew.

Missouri public power utility Columbia Water & Light also sent a crew to assist with restoration efforts.

And the following AMP member communities also provided crews to help with power restoration work:

  • Piqua, Ohio
  • Bryan, Ohio
  • Westerville, Ohio
  • Bowling Green, Ohio

Utilities from Illinois also sent crews to help with restoration efforts including the city of Rochelle, Ill., (Rochelle Municipal Utilities), the city of Batavia, Ill., and investor-owned Ameren Illinois.

Meanwhile, in late July, City Water Light & Power sent crews to assist Ameren Illinois with power restoration efforts in Southern Illinois after a severe storm cut through the region causing power outages to over 50,000 customers.