KCP&L Interrupts Power to Flooding Communities for Safety

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 20, 2019 – KCP&L is prepared for flooding in areas near the Missouri River. Power has been interrupted to customers in northwest Missouri, including areas of St. Joseph as water topped levies near those communities.

Electrical safety in flooding creates specific concerns because electric current travels through water. Safety of the public, first responders and our employees is our top concern. Power will be restored when the water recedes, and it is safely possible to do so. Repairs to the local power grid may be needed before power can be restored.

KCP&L also urges those in flooded areas to exercise caution:

  • Stay away from power lines and pad-mounted transformers in flooded areas.
  • Do not walk in standing water or venture into areas of debris, since energized and dangerous power lines may not be visible.
  • Do not ride watercraft near power poles and power lines, as they too can be energized and deadly.

To minimize the effect on serving our customers, KCP&L has a comprehensive plan to address flooding, which includes:

  • Coordinating with emergency management agencies.
  • Protecting facilities near the river by building water-tight barriers.
  • Staging replacement equipment such as back-up transformers near potential flood-zone areas so it is available if needed.
  • Double-checking routine maintenance and tuning of equipment throughout our service area.

About KCP&L and Westar Energy:

Serving approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

Media Contact:
Jeremy McNeive
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Phone: 913-488-9186
Jeremy.McNeive@kcpl.com
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