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KCP&L, MoDOT ramp up efforts in response to storm



As Missouri continued to dig out Monday from a weekend storm that deposited more than a foot of snow on parts of the state, utilities, road crews and schools adjusted their operations to cope with snow-induced difficulties.

Power outages persist

Kansas City Power & Light continued efforts to restore power to customers on Monday, with more than 1,500 workers putting in extended hours to reconnect service, the Kansas City Star reports. Some 175,000 KCP&L customers lost power at some point due to the weekend storm, which dumped about 10 inches of snow on the Kansas City area.

Even as crews worked to restore service, other customers lost power as snow-covered trees and vegetation sagged or broke and wiped out power lines.

As of Tuesday morning, around 20,000 KCP&L customers were still without power. All customers should have their power restored by Thursday, a representative for the utility told The Star.

MoDOT staffs up

The Missouri Department of Transportation deployed around 1,500 trucks and 3,000 operators to clear roads during the storm, with the department’s peak efforts coming Friday and Saturday, Missourinet reports.

The department brought in extra crews for Monday morning’s commute in many parts of the state.

Schools set to re-open

School districts in many parts of the state cancelled classes Monday. Columbia and Kansas City were among the larger districts that told students to stay home.

In Columbia, the University of Missouri and Columbia Public Schools planned to re-open Tuesday after being closed Monday, the Columbia Missourian reports.

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