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3,900 customers without power in Sedgwick County on Sunday night

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 8:46 p.m.

Around 3,900 Westar Energy customers in Sedgwick County remained without power Sunday evening, and the utility says it could be Monday before they will have lights back on.

“We’re down into the neighborhood level, so that means that we are restoring just a couple (of customers) at a time,” Westar spokesman Nick Bundy said Saturday.

He added: “Sometimes (it) takes a few hours to restore just a few” houses.

Since Thursday’s storm tore through Wichita and Sedgwick County – clocking wind speeds of 89 mph at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport – Westar Energy has restored power to more than 50,000 customers, Bundy said.

As many as 23,000 were left without power simultaneously. Falling tree branches in the days after the storm continue to cause outages for some, Bundy added.

Saturday afternoon, about 40 power lines remained down and 20 poles needed reset, Westar officials said by e-mail. About 285 other known repairs were still pending, Bundy said by e-mail Sunday night.

Westar is asking customers who have electricity to turn on their porch lights, a quick sign to utility workers that the power is back on. Crews have been called in from around Kansas, Iowa and Missouri to aid in the restoration efforts, according to information released on Westar’s Facebook page.

Outages remained scattered across Wichita on Saturday afternoon. Customers also were reporting no power across much of Haysville and in parts of Derby and Park City, according to Westar.

“The numbers should start coming down, but there’s still going to be customers out late tonight and early tomorrow, certainly,” Bundy said Saturday.

Customers whose outages are caused by a downed power line between a power pole and their electrical meter may not have power restored until Monday, according to Westar.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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