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Burning power line caused Monday night’s outage, says Ameren

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Ameren Illinois is explaining the power outage that left about 1,000 Peoria customers without electricity Monday night, but pictures of the downed power line that caused the outage show it was a potentially dangerous situation.

The power line fell in the Columbia North neighborhood near Bradley University. The sidewalk had a lot of damage and there was a pile of burned rubber from the burning wire.

Ameren said the initial calls came in about 6:45 p.m. on Monday. At about 8:50 p.m., Ameren said crews were able to re-route power from another source in town and restore electricity to more than 300 customers. Everyone had their lights on about 12:30 a.m.

That wasn't the only problem for Ameren and its local customers. At about the same time as the outage near Bradley, Ameren said lights were out for about 90 customers due to an underground power failure off Main Street. Those customers had electricity restored about 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Howard Packowitz

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