KCP&L Crews Assist Regional Utilities

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Kansas City, Mo. (Apr. 28, 2011) – Since last Friday, severe storms and tornadoes have been rolling through Midwestern and Southern states. For nearly a week, KCP&L crews have been in neighboring states lending a helping hand to utilities in the areas hardest hit. The crews are expected to travel to Alabama this weekend to assist Alabama Power with restoring more than 400,000 customers affected by yesterday’s tornadoes. 
Last Saturday, KCP&L crews consisting of linemen, safety employees, supervisors and mechanics, traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to help Ameren Missouri with restoration efforts. KCP&L dispatched approximately 80 crew members and 50 pieces of equipment to assist restoration efforts from the tornado that hit on April 22. Equipment includes backyard machines, bucket trucks and digger derricks. The crews worked 16-hour shifts, setting more than 45 poles and replacing approximately 15,000 feet of wire. Customers showed their appreciation of the crews’ hard work by bringing home cooked meals and snacks. 
When the work in St. Louis was complete crews then went to help Entergy with its storm restoration near Little Rock, Arkansas. So far, KCP&L crews have replaced approximately 20 broken poles. 
The same KCP&L crews will travel again to Alabama over the weekend. They expect to encounter similar conditions as St. Louis with devastated homes, numerous poles down and destroyed landscape. Crews are expected to remain in Alabama until the middle of next week restoring power to thousands of residents and businesses.  
“KCP&L is one of the most reliable utilities in the nation, due in part to its highly regarded storm response plan. Because of KCP&L’s past performance, it is often called upon to support our fellow utilities in their times of need,” said Bill Herdegen, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at KCP&L. “Our crews will have helped three different utilities restore power within two weeks. We are proud to support our friends in the industry, and our crews will work diligently to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.” 
For photos and additional information about the KCP&L crews’ efforts visit the Storm Center at kcpl.com
About KCP&L: 
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.