Lee’s Summit power outage affect thousands after storm

rpulley@lsjournal.com tporter@lsjournal.comMay 22, 2013 

High winds sent broken tree limbs crashing onto power lines causing outages this weekend for thousands of Lee’s Summit residents.

Lee’s Summit Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden said as a thunderstorm moved through town, high winds and heavy rain caused downed limbs and trees and power lines, particularly in central Lee’s Summit, but no other significant damage.

He said the fire department had weather spotters on duty and there were no funnel clouds or tornadoes.

Power outages caused by the blast of wind started about 7 p.m. May 19 for 10,214 customers in the Lee’s Summit service area and all had power restored the following day by 2 p.m. May 20, said Rebecca Galati, a spokesperson for Kansas City Power & Light.

The outage lasted 19 hours before all customers had service, she said, but for Jennifer Heeney of Lee’s Summit, the outage was too long.

“I haven’t been able to work,” said Heeney, a work-from-home mother. “I had to go to my in-laws house. I’m very angry because I had to come home and get my daughter off the bus from middle school and that cut a huge chunk out of my day. I just went to the grocery store Sunday (May 19), and now all my food is sitting on my porch in trash bags waiting for the trash to come.

“So, not only did I not get to work from home today, I also lost every single piece of food. I mean, everything’s gone. It’s been a humungous inconvenience. I wish KCPL would have prepared more for the storm. In today’s time, I don’t think it should take this long to get power back up.”

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