INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – There are currently an estimated 6,500 customers without power in the City of Independence. This is the result of widespread damage throughout the community. Independence Power and Light crews will be working around the clock to get the power back on but, in many situations, this will require detailed attention. Power outages will last for several more hours. Additional crews have been called in to assist in the effort. Customers are encourage to report their outages at (816)325-7550 until their power is restored.
As a reminder, the City has opened the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., until 8 p.m. today. Individuals who have lost power are welcome to use the facility free of charge. The Center will be open again tomorrow, July 24, as a cooling center for those who remain without power.
In addition to the power outages, the City has found that more than 100 roadways have been impacted by downed trees and many residents have trees and limbs in their yards. The City will begin collecting storm debris free of charge on Wednesday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is for residential storm debris only and no yard waste or trash will be accepted. The Drop-off location, 875 Vista Avenue, will be open each day through August 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Citizens will need to provide proof of residency and no contractors will be allowed. Please note, this is not a curbside service and citizens will have to bring the debris to the location.
The City will continue to provide regular updates as information is available on social media. Please follow the City on Facebook, www.facebook.com/CityofIndependence/, and Twitter, @CityofIndepMo.