Due to the prolonged and nonstop snow, many City of Columbia Utilities customers may remain without power into Monday, Jan. 14 or Tuesday, Jan. 15, weather pending. Approximately 9,000 customers are currently without power while Columbia crews diligently work to restore power along with mutual aid crews sent from Macon, Waynesville, Palmyra and Rolla. Two contractors have also answered the call for mutual aid and are assisting in the effort. All City resources have been deployed and are being utilized at this time.
Because the snow is heavy and wet, it is causing many issues. The crews are currently working on the larger outages, impacting large amounts of customers, caused by trees and limbs falling into distribution lines. They will then work on restoring power back to individual homes that have had single drop wires impacted by winter weather.
Customers can view the Outage Viewer to see where outages have been reported: http://outageviewer.gocolumbiamo.com. Anyone without power who does not see their neighborhood already marked on the map is encouraged to call 573.875.2555 to report the outage. Power outage safety tips during winter storm events are available at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. For information about the safety of food in a refrigerator or freezer during a power outage, please visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html.
The Columbia Public Works Department has crews out addressing the roads and are currently focused on first and second priority routes. More information about routes and updates can be found at CoMoSnow.com.
The American Red Cross will open an overnight emergency shelter at 7 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway. Those without power are invited to stay overnight in the warm facility. Community members who will be going to the shelter are asked to bring any medications, personal items, toiletries and a pillow or blanket they would be comfortable using. The shelter is not able to accommodate pets.
The City of Columbia appreciates the patience and understanding of our customers during this storm that has been larger than we have experienced in recent years.