Crews Still Working to Restore Power

JANUARY 16, 2007 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Repair crews are restoring service to hundreds of thousands still in the dark after a series of winter storms brought down tree limbs and power lines in much of Missouri.

State officials say more than 300,000 households still are waiting for power to come back on.

The storm contributed to eight deaths, seven in auto accidents and one from carbon monoxide exposure in Lawrence County.

Authorities say 46-year-old Annett Weatherly was trying to refill her generator and was overcome by fumes, after the generator had run for several hours at her rural home.

Ameren's outage count dropped from 130,000 to about 70,000 in Missouri, mostly in the St. Louis region.  Tens of thousands more in southwest Missouri are also in the dark.

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