The robust storm system that stretched across Kansas from the border of Nebraska down to the border of Oklahoma on July 14th brought heavy rains and hurricane-force winds above 80 mph. The storm hit Kansas City BPU’s territory particularly hard, leaving 38,000 customers without power.
Management officials at McPherson BPU were contacted on Saturday, the 15th, by staff at the Kansas Municipal Utilities, who facilitates the Kansas Mutual Aid Program for Utilities (KSMAP), to see if McPherson would mobilize crews and equipment to help restore customer’s power in the Kansas City area.
The McPherson BPU responded by sending five linemen to Kansas City on Saturday evening. Our crew worked 6 am-11 pm on Sunday through Tuesday alongside crews from Garnett, Girard, Clay Center PUC, Pratt, Chanute, and KMEA/Osage City to help restore power for a large portion of their customer base. As of today, Wednesday the 19th, the need for McPherson BPU’s aid has ended and crews are heading home.