After an hours long outage, power had been restored to all but four Pekin customers as of around 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to an Ameren Illinois spokeswoman.
Earlier Monday, spokeswoman Marcelyn Love said a truck caught the overhead wires in Pekin and pulled down some poles. According to Ameren’s website, the incident happened around 1:45 p.m. and 292 Pekin customers lost power. Ameren Crews arrived at the scene about 3 p.m. According to Ameren lineman Scott Beccue at around 2:45 p.m. Monday, two poles were down at Main and McLean streets in Pekin. Love said, crews were working to transfer the outage area customers to a different power source. That would not take a lot of time, she said, but some customers would not be restored by the switch.
While only three Pekin Customers were awaiting power when it came back on for most around 5 p.m., work still needed to be done on the poles. Due to the damage to the poles, safe restoration was expected overnight, said Love. According to Ameren’s website, 3 a.m. Tuesday was the estimated time.