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JOPLIN, MO – May 23, 2011 – The Empire District Electric Company reports that as of 4:00 p.m. approximately 14,000 customers remain without service. This number can fluctuate due to weather or other challenges that may arise during the restoration process. The largest number of customers without power is in Joplin; however, customers in Diamond, Granby, Sarcoxie, and Wentworth are also experiencing outages due to severe weather.
Empire crews plus additional contract crews are working to repair Empire’s transmission system. Crews from Empire’s Midwest Mutual Assistance group are en route to aid in the restoration process. Repairs to the transmission system are essential in order for power to flow to the distribution system and into customer’s homes. Work continues to assess damage to Empire’s distribution system because of storms throughout the day. Employees also gathered necessary equipment to facilitate the restoration operation.
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