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.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?
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.