LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Missouri. (KCTV) – Angela Brodeur’s children were swimming in the pool around 1 a.m. when they spotted huge flashes near the Odessa Water Tower.
“Junior ran into the house and said that something was happening in the city, like the city had exploded, that it had just caught fire. He had no idea what was going on, he was just in complete panic,” Brodeur said.
By the time Angela stepped outside, Odessa was pitch dark.
Officials from Evergy said the power outage began in Odessa around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. They said the animal entered a city-owned substation and made contact with equipment, damaging the city’s equipment and Evergy’s equipment.
A nearby substation acknowledged the problem and disconnected from the grid. However, before it was isolated, about a mile of Evergy’s power line caught fire.
The brigades were actively working on the lines all day.
Fortunately, Angela has not lost her power since she is outside the city. She said she hoped it would come back soon and that she would never forget this moment.
“When he showed me a video that he and my other son took, it reminded me of the movie Independence Day when an alien ship appears and destroys the Empire State Building. It was like the whole city was lit up,” Brodeur said.
During the day, the city posted updates saying that crews were working very hard in the heat to get the power back on and that they were hoping to restore it tonight.
Around 7:30 p.m., city officials also said they would have to “cut the power at a later time” to carry out major repairs. However, this will be communicated at that time.
Around 9:00 p.m., the city reported: “We are gradually bringing the system online. Electricity needs to be restored in some areas. It will take some time. “
Finally, at 9:27 p.m., the city reported, “All circuits are charged again. Please call us at 816-633-5521 if you don’t have electricity.”
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