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State Blames Trees for Major July Power Outage

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – State utility regulators say a delinquent tree-trimming program may have contributed to the damage during severe storms that struck the St. Louis area on July 5th.

More than 250,000 AmerenUE customers were affected by the storms, which featured large hail, high winds and heavy rain.

The Missouri Public Service Commission issued a report on the storms aftermath Tuesday.

It recommends the St. Louis-based utility increase its tree-trimming efforts.

The report also says Ameren should evaluate its call back systems and review its mutual assistance agreements with other utilities.