SIKESTON -- Power restoration is still in process in Sikeston -- slowly but surely.
"About the time we get something done, two more things seem to happen," said Ed Throop, general manager of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities.
He said estimates that power was restored 30 percent by Thursday morning were too high. "We were at 10 percent," he said. By Friday morning, about 15 percent of the customers had power restored.
WIth five additional crews on the job Friday -- who will work long days with the city staff and another two four-man crews that were brought in over the weekend -- Throop said work will continue through the weekend.
"And we're still looking at the possibility of bringing more in," he said. With the widespread outages, however, it is a bit difficult to find lineman.
Crews continue to work to repair damaged substations around the city, so they will be able to handle the load when power is re-established. The ice melting off the lines will help the process, according to BMU.
"However, motorists and pedestrians should use extreme caution around power lines during the melting phase," noted Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. "Most of this ice is over three inches in diameter and it is dropping off the lines in five- to six-foot sections. This weight can cause severe injury to people or damage to your vehicle."