As weather models for the weekend show the potential for winter weather, Ameren Illinois is at the ready if they are needed to help restore power. The utility was ready last weekend had the snow and ice caused widespread power outages, and a spokesman says that’s just what they do. Ameren Illinois operates eight storm trailers stocked with critical supplies that enable crews to quickly and safely restore power after a storm. Senior Director Daetta Jones says they move their storm trailers as close to where they are needed as possible.
Each storm trailer contains enough equipment to supply several hundred crews and restore power to hundreds of customers. After power restoration is complete, a storm trailer is returned to its home base in Decatur, where it is restocked and prepared for its next deployment.