BREAKING NEWS: Ameren Says It Will Be Afternoon Until Power Fully Restored In Union-Villa Ridge Areas

East Central College's power has been restored and the campus will reopen at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATED:  9:40 a.m.

UNION, Mo. - QuickNewsNow just spoke Ameren’s Kent Martin about this morning’s storms that ripped through the Union and Villa Ridge areas around 6 a.m. leaving approximately 7,200 Ameren customer’s without power in these areas.

Kent said, “The storms knocked out our Bourbeuse substation, which was the main cause of the outage.  We were able to bring the substation back up which restored power to about ⅔.  As of right now (9:20 a.m.) there are about 2,579 still without power.”

Kent to QNN that brining the substation back online restored power to most customers however the storm caused a lot of “lines to be brought down by trees etc.  But when lines are down it takes a little bit longer because our crews have to physically get out in the field and put them back up.”

Kent said, “We expect power to be restored later this afternoon as our crews are working as quickly as possible to fully restore power.”

Kent also asked that we remind the public to stay away from any downed lines and to call Ameren to report any downed lines at 800-552-7583.

Kent said that even though lines maybe down they are likely “live” and to stay away from them and immediately contact Ameren.  There number again is 800-552-7583

You can also visit Ameren's Power Outage Center on their website at

Beaufort Elementary students are being held and "entertained" at Union High School according to Assistant Superintendent Aaron Jones.  Students will be provided food and will be bussed home at 11:45 from the High School.  Parents wishing to pick up their Beaufort students are to report to UHS prior to 11:30.

East Central College's power has been restored and the campus will reopen at 10:00 a.m.

Original Report: Due to power outages in Union, classes are canceled at ECC-Union until power is restored. Staff and students should not report.

Beaufort Elementary and Central Elementary in the Union R-XI District are without power; students from these buildings are currently being routed to the High School and Central (respectively) and then back home once busses are reorganized.

Union Middle School has partial power but will operate as normal. Union High School and Clark-Vitt buildings will also operate as normal as they have power.  According to Assistant Superintendent Aaron Jones, "Students kept home from any of the buildings will not be counted as an unexcused absence."  The district's last day of classes is today, and was originally scheduled as a half day.