EFFINGHAM — Power outages are being reported throughout the area.
In Effingham, 1,080 residences were reported without power by 6:40 p.m. The entire town of Toledo is reportedly without power, according to Ameren. Other outages include Jewett, where 152 were reported and Hidalgo, where 149 were reported. Villages reporting smaller outages include Wheeler, 12; Watson, 2; Teutopolis, 4; St. Elmo, 4; and Montrose, 28.
According to Effingham City Emergency Management Coordinator Kim Tegeler, Ameren has informed her Effingham city residents on the southside, where the outages are, will have power restored shortly. While there is no need for warming centers at this time, Tegeler said the city will continue to monitor the situation and have centers on standby if the need does occur. In the meantime, she added there are hotel rooms available in the city, but advised against anyone traveling until roads are safe.
Ameren cannot speculate when power will be restored to areas outside the city.
"Weather conditions are really hampering our efforts," said Ameren spokeswoman Kelly Hendrickson. "Some drifts are so high, we're having trouble getting our trucks out."
In addition, rural and highway roads in Effingham County, Jasper County roads are closed to non-emergency traffic as well. Opening of roads outside the city of Effingham will be re-evaluated at 8 a.m. Monday.
Hendrickson added the closure of county roads also makes restoration efforst difficult.
People may be experiencing flickering of lights throughout the evening. Ameren says wind is causing power lines to hit each other, which in turn will cause momentary flickering.