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Posted on: January 17, 2019

Harrisonville grateful after receiving aid during winter-storm power outages

Broken limbs lie on the ground, as nearby trees and power lines suffer under the weight of heavy snow.

Responding to a mutual aid request, two municipalities and a tree-trimming company traveled to assist Harrisonville Electric in restoring power after a large winter storm hit the city.

Winter Storm Gia reached Harrisonville on Friday, Jan. 11, dumping snow throughout the night and into Saturday morning. Harrisonville Public Works Director Eric Patterson reported that at one point, approximately 40-percent of customers were without power, as nearly eight-inches of heavy snow caused trees and limbs to sag onto power lines.

Harrisonville Electric sought out mutual aid shortly after the snow began to fall, as Patterson officially made the request with the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.

Crews from Carthage, MO, and Higginsville, MO, responded to the call for air and contractor Shade Tree Service Company (Fenton, MO) also helped out by trimming trees that were causing or could cause issues. Earlier in the week the Shade Tree crew had already been working within the City, and will continue to do so, helping the electric department to trim trees that are not up to City Code.

Relentless, heavy snow proved to be the biggest issue for Harrisonville, as its weight on lines and nearby tree limbs put five of the City’s 15 circuits out of operation. Crews faced an uphill battle to restore power and several times would see a circuit drop off shortly after being brought back into service.

After nearly 20 hours since the first outages were reported, officials declared all downed circuits to be back in operation and holding power. Though all circuits were restored, pockets of residential outages remained. Crews quickly went to work to restore these issues and by mid-afternoon Sunday, power was restored to all customers.

The City of Harrisonville would like to extend its most sincere thanks to those who responded to our call for mutual aid. We truly appreciate your sacrifice to assist our city.

The last time Harrisonville responded to a call for mutual aid was in December of 2017, as crews worked to restore power in the US Virgin Islands after the area was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of the same year. Harrisonville last called for mutual aid in May of 2017, after the area was hit by a strong storm.
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