NewsLocal News


Crews continue massive effort to restore power

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 07:17:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 6 a.m. Monday | An additional 500 linemen have been called in to assist KCP&L crews working to restore power.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, more than 46,000 KCP&L customers remained without power across the metro.

EARLIER | More than 1,000 utility workers battled snow and cold temperatures to restore power to more than 80,000 Kansas City Power and Light customers Sunday afternoon, but that didn't stop frustration from growing among those left in the cold.

Local crews were joined overnight by crews from Iowa, central and western Kansas and southern Missouri to repair damage that left as many as 110,000 customers without power Saturday evening.

The sheer number of power outages, many caused by downed tree limbs, and spotty road conditions combined to make the restoring service a tedious process and also forced a lot of church closings Sunday and school closings Monday. A complete list of closures can be found here.

Crews will continue to work around the clock to restore power, but KCP&L warned that it may be Tuesday before the lights are back on for all customers,

Rest assured, linemen, tree trimmers, engineers and support staff are fanned out across the metro assessing damage and working to restore power.

The latest information on outage locations and numbers are available on the KCP&L outage map, which showed more than 48,000 customers without power shortly 9after 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

Outages can be reported online at or by calling 1-888-LIGHTKC (544-4852).

The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities reported fewer than 100 customers without power Sunday night, while Independence Power and Light reported only a handful of customers without power.

The United Way of Greater Kansas City has compiled a list of warming centers across the metro for those struggling with power outages.