Columbia Water and Light continues work to restore power
COLUMBIA – Columbia Water and Light continued its work Wednesday to restore power to Columbia. The massive storms Monday night hit Columbia with a force comparable to a tornado.
The city called on outside help to assist in damaged power line repairs, increasing the crews at work to about 15 from its normal five.
"There's about 115 people working in the field, that doesn't count all the support staff as well," said Connie Kacprowicz, communications supervisor for Water and Light.
Kacprowicz said this damage is unique because it occurred over a wide area. A majority of the west side of Columbia experienced damage, some of it major.
About six of the 80-foot electric poles on Fairview Road sustained severe damage. Some of which are now supported by cranes until they can be repaired, or in some cases, replaced.
Kacprowicz said she cannot guarantee power will be restored to 100 percent of Columbia on Wednesday, but that is the goal for the workers. There is currently no time frame available for repairs to be completed.
Customers can see the city's progress restoring power at its website here.