198,000 still without power

Full story: Chicago Tribune

About 198,000 Illinois customers of Ameren Corp. remained without electricity Sunday morning as crews from 14 states chipped away at the damage caused by a crippling ice storm.

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munk

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#21
Dec 13, 2006
 
Heather wrote:
Are you guys that ignorant. Do you think that 198,000 homes without power can come back on overnight? Do you think that just because your job is for the power company that you should forgo breaks and rest periods or even seeing your children?
You are exactly right. People don't realize in a storm situation just how slow of a process it is to get poles that are broken replaced.
However, here is something to ponder. Ameren has made a fortune in the last 10 years even under the rate freeze. So I am asking someone who knows...did Ameren get any help from other utilities offering their linemen up for service? How about area cooperatives who weren't hit as hard?
My guess is no. And if they did, very little. They wouldn't want to spend any of that superfluous profits they made off the backs of the customers they have captive to get the power restored quicker would they? My guess is they will keep it.
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Rantoul, IL

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Dec 13, 2006
 
Reply to SueNWaverly wrote:
Glad you got your power back - Amen! It's nice to see that there is appreciation out there for these men and women working their butts off.
Take Care.
Yes, the comments on here about the people working to restore the power are misguided. I am not a fan of Ameren and their fleecing of Illinois customers with this farce of a reverse power auction, but the men and women of the utility that do the leg work and working round the clock in cold weather are doing a damn fine job.
And as far as complaining about linemen pay, you won't find anyone to work in those conditions and risk their lives for peanuts.

Ameren is a lousy company, that is for sure, but the people working to restore the power don't deserve the browbeating they are receiving.
Bill

Louisville, KY

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#23
Dec 13, 2006
 
Ameren had more than four thousand lineman and tree trimmers from 14 states working on the restoration efforts
Scott Dowers

Saint Louis, MO

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Dec 14, 2006
 
Heather wrote:
Are you guys that ignorant. Do you think that 198,000 homes without power can come back on overnight? Do you think that just because your job is for the power company that you should forgo breaks and rest periods or even seeing your children? I am one who has been out since Thursday night. My family has been displaced and am now living in Missouri with relatives til the power comes back on. I do not have relatives working for the elecetric company nor do I know anyone who does. But it really sad that you boys have absolutley no compassion for people who have been working their butts off round the clock jsut to be underappreciated by you. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
You must have famley that works for Ameron . This is a example on how a union puts people at risk .They need to take breaks and I am sure they deserve them . However if Ameron woud have put preventiave maintence first before greed this problem would not have ben as bad . Preventiave maintence is cutting and triming trees away from power lines properly not half assed like Ameron doses now .In the 1970 1980 1990 we had ice storms and sever thunder storms that made this look like a joke .Gess what the power stayed on and if if it did not stay on it did not take 4 to 10 day to come back on plus they would check on you to see if you were ok not yell at you on phone when you call to let them know your power is off . Ameron dose not look out for your well being look what what they did in Taum Saulk Missouri at the Taum Saulk reservoir . A nother example of not doing proper maintence . The sensors on top of the reservoir stopped working so insted of fixing them they just acted like the problem did not exsist . Well guess what it failed and one it distroyed campgrounds homes and wildlife . I do not know if any people died but this could have ben wores . by the way I sorrey I had to re send this my powerm went off in the midle of this and I had to start over
Scott Dowers

Saint Louis, MO

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Dec 14, 2006
 
Pleas fogive my spelling I have had a stroke this year and it is hard to consetrate . I have reread the foreum and I made a swipe at ameron that I bleave to be true . I my not be right but in the past this was not as big of a problem . I can remember the power co spending every summer triming brush and trees away from the lines to prevent this . Plus they cared about us the custemer . And they would check on people to see if they were ok .If you try to call them to report an outage it is a pain and the people on the other end do not care . They onley care about there pockets being filled
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#26
Dec 14, 2006
 
Scott, I do have one question - why is everyone slamming Ameren about the tree trimming as I live in Decatur Il. and the city is in charged of the majority of tree trimming on PRIVATE property and clean up and they are telling us it's going to take several months to clean up - now why is that acceptable but power being off during an ice storm for 5-7 is not. That is WRONG
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#28
Jan 12, 2007
 
Can you believe it. There are people out in Nebraska that have been without power since the end of December. How can that be? I'm sure they pay their bills too. Nobody should ever have to go without power, right? Who cares if there's a little ice and wind, we should never be without power. Ameren had a major ice storm that put half a million people in the dark and they should have had the power back on the next day, right? You should go start a forum for those people and tell them that their power company employees are slacking off if they haven't been working 24/7 since the lights went out. After all, they are very well paid and don't need to sleep or eat for a few weeks, do they?
Rob

Glendale Heights, IL

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Jan 13, 2007
 
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Ballwin, MO

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#30
Jan 14, 2007
 
I was told by an employee that the chiefs at Ameren do not want to pay the cost of stocking replacement parts and wait till there is a problem to order the parts. This turns a problem that could be fixed in hours to problems tha take days to fix, Why can't the MO and IL governments require Amern to maintain a certain level of spare parts?
lillie

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#31
Jan 14, 2007
 
all the same they don't need the increase and it's going to literally kill people. I live on six hundred a month it's going to cost me my home if something isn't done and many like me. whats the solution. alternative power systems. see how ameren likes it when you don't have to depend on them

“KANKA ALFRED”

Since: Jan 07

London,UK

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#32
Jan 15, 2007
 
How is it with own Electricity,made by Wind?
Kathi

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#33
Jan 17, 2007
 
My husband is an Ameren lineman. He left at 6 o'clock in the morning on Saturday to work in the sub zero temperatures, freezing rain and snow to climb ice covered poles in order to restore power to you ungratful people. While you sit there complaining about not having power, I sit here praying my husband is safe. The men and women you see out there busting their butts are not the people who have asked to have your rates increased. As for a high paying job, exactly how much is your life worth. Yes, they knew how dangerous this job is when they took it. However, I don't think they were aware of how many ungrateful people there are around here. He is working 16 hour days in the worst of conditions for YOU! Exactly how long to you think it should take to restore your power. If you know the answer to that one, maybe you should take a job and put your expertise to work on getting power on quicker. You did have a little notice that this was coming... they do have shelters, churches and places to go for those of you who do not have friends or family with whom you can stay with. Remember, the people climbing the poles, are NOT the enemy.
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#34
Jan 18, 2007
 
Todd wrote:
Ameren SUCKS. Unbelievably poor service. No electricity for 3 days and counting... Wondering if cutting back on tree trimmers two years ago was smart on ameren's part (must have been, they have raised rates and continue to make tons of $). Must be great to be a monopoly. If I was this bad at my job, I would be axed.
Exactly what do you consider to be good service? They work 16 hour days in below zero temperatures! Maybe you need to go to www.AMEREN.com and read about the tree trimming and the stats on their response time compared to others. You also need to remember that the ones making the decisions to raise rates and the tree trimming, etc. are NOT the linemen. They are the ones bravely the element for your ungratfule butt!
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#35
Mar 7, 2007
 
My father was a line clearance foreman for a company that was gobbled up by Ameren in the 90s. He has since passed on, but he told me years ago that if the power company utilizes the forestry crew properly, you do not have downwed power lines due to trees. Before he retired, the company started cutting back on needed resources and started getting unbelieveably greedy. Ameren deserves all the bad things that are coming its way.
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#36
Mar 7, 2007
 
Up here in central Wisconsin, many of us have wells and sump pumps.

Anybody that does not have a B/U generator, is labeled a FOOL.(I have two 6500 watt units.)

Power losses are NOT always the fault of the electric company.

Another thing to consider, is having a regular Bell phone that does not require ac power,(like cordless phones do). A cell phone is a plus, as long as you're not jabbering on it while driving, or in a public setting.

Believe me people, if you don't have a generator, you're gonna lose.
Ashley

Belleville, IL

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#37
Mar 7, 2007
 
Heather wrote:
Are you guys that ignorant. Do you think that 198,000 homes without power can come back on overnight? Do you think that just because your job is for the power company that you should forgo breaks and rest periods or even seeing your children? I am one who has been out since Thursday night. My family has been displaced and am now living in Missouri with relatives til the power comes back on. I do not have relatives working for the elecetric company nor do I know anyone who does. But it really sad that you boys have absolutley no compassion for people who have been working their butts off round the clock jsut to be underappreciated by you. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
As much as everyone is paying it should be fixed overnight!

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