RESIDENTS IN SORENTO STILL HAVE NO ELECTRICITY
Many residents in Bond County that were without power over the weekend, and are now back in their homes with electricity and heat. However, there are some areas in the county still without power. On Monday WGEL spoke with Sorento Mayor Brett Kunkel who said that nearly 75% of the town has been without power since Thursday night around 10PM. Four hundred people are using generators and kerosene heaters to warm their homes. The city's water lines are now being supplied by Litchfield water pressure through a booster station that is being opened manually. All three of the sewer lift stations are without electricity. Kunkel said they are having to take generators to each of those and flush them, as not to have sewer back up in resident's homes. He said that Ameren IP has not been able to give an estimated date as to when power might be turned back on.
Ameren IP spokesperson Erica Abbot told WGEL that there are still a total of 300,000 customers without power with 150,000 of those in Illinois, and nearly 1200 in Bond County. She said Ameren crews are working at least 18-hour days in most areas to restore power to their customers.
POWER CREWS CONTINUE TO RESTORE POWER
Ameren Outages in Bond County looked like this at 6:30 this morning:
In the Sorento zip code 398 customers restored and 314 remain without power. In the Greenville zip code 3272 restored and 91 still without power.
This morning Southwestern Electric reports they continue to work to restore power to members in Bond and Madison counties. In Bond County work crews were concentrated near Pocahontas and Reno. In Madison County, crews focused their efforts on repairing damage near Bethalto, Edwardsville, Holiday Shores, Worden, New Douglas, Troy and Fruit Road. Even with the aid of support crews, Southwestern estimates many members may be without power through midweek. Monday, Southwestern Electric estimated about 1,800 members were still without power.
ETHANOL PLANT PLANNING UNDERWAY
The important first steps have begun in making Greenville’s ethanol production plant a reality. City Manager Dave Willey and Greenville’s Code Enforcement Officer Bill Grider recently met with engineers from Alternative Energy Sources to review the railroad track layout.
Willey confirmed that railroad designers are mapping out where the rail access will be situated. This will determine exactly where the 100 acre ethanol plant is located in the 500 acre park. Willey added that this also impacts future development in the park. Alternative Energy Sources has announced plans to build facilities in not only Greenville but also in Kankakee and Boone County, Iowa.
MULBERRY GROVE HOMECOMING CORONATION
Despite the winter storm that rolled through the area the Mulberry Grove Junior Senior High coronation and homecoming dance was held Saturday night. The new prince and princess are 8th graders Allen Tompkins and Joanna Brewer and the new King and Queen are Seniors Brad Pospischel and Michelle Thole. The theme for this year’s coronation was “Written in the Stars” and was held in the Mulberry High School gymnasium. 12 seniors total, six boys and six girls were nominated for king and queen. Four students from the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes were also a part of the court.