Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thousands without power in KCK; UPDATE: Power outages cut down in half as of 11:40 a.m.

As a result of the overnight snowstorm, thousands of Kansas City, Kan., residents are without power.

Over 200 power outages have been reported to the Board of Public Utilities.

As of 9:47 a.m., over 11,000 residents in KCK are without power. According to the BPU's power outage map, over 350 separate calls have been made to the utility.


UPDATE 10:09 a.m: BPU says it's experiencing a record number of calls as a result of today's outages.

Here's a short statement about the situation from BPU:
Many of you are trying to call our Outage number. We are experiencing a record number of calls and system is over-loaded. We appreciate your patience and hang in there.

UPDATE 11:46 a.m: The outages around Wyandotte County, after peaking at around 15,000 earlier this morning, are down to 8,000. Here's the latest BPU map.

By the way, on a quick editorial note - BPU is doing an excellent job of responding to customers on its Facebook page and Twitter account. It's pretty cool what social media can do and BPU is utilizing it really well.