Message from KCP&L
August 31, 2016: Today at 2:40 a.m., a tree near Riss Lake broke at the base and fell on a power line supplying electricity to a portion of Riss Lake and caused an outage for 662 customers. At 4:04 a.m., crews were able to restore 242 customers. At 8:10 a.m., crews were able to restore an additional 91 customers. All remaining customers were then restored at 11:30 a.m. At 7 a.m. when it was daylight safe to begin work in the dense woods, tree crews began work to remove the tree but faced steep terrain and very limited access to the heavily wooded area, which prolonged tree removal and restoration.
We appreciate the Mayor, City Administrator and other city staff who have worked with residents and KCP&L on outages like the one today. A public work session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Parkville City Hall to brief the Board of Alderman on the challenges and potential solutions. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
To address the frequent outages in the Parkville area which have occurred this year, KCP&L continues efforts to improve reliability. Line patrols and additional tree trimming were performed this summer. Additionally, KCP&L is finalizing plans to improve access to lines in a densely wooded area, create additional redundancy and upgrade equipment.
- In Parkville, as well as other places with dense and/or mature trees, storms, wind and soil conditions can threaten power lines and reliability.
- Heavy rains this spring contributed to faster than usual growth and wet soils can weaken roots.
- Frequent storms throughout the summer with high winds brought some trees down during the storm and weakened others which fell on lines later.
- This summer our crews performed additional patrols and trimming near our lines in Parkville. However, trimming cannot fully prevent interference when a tree breaks at the base or is uprooted.
KCP&L and City leaders are aware of the frustration and inconvenience caused by frequent outages and will continue to work toward a satisfactory resolution.
If residents or businesses experience an outage, it should be reported to the KCP&L hotline at 1-888-LIGHT-KC (1-888-544-4852).
KCP&L Community Business Manager