AmerenUE announced today that the company has restored most customers in 17 of the 34 towns affected by the severe ice storm that hit Southeast Missouri.

Most of the customers in another 12 towns can expect to get electric service today with almost all affected customers restored by end of day Wednesday.

Approximately 4,000 line workers, field checkers, tree trimmers and other support staffers are still working to repair damage from a storm that downed more than 5,000 poles and hundreds of lines earlier this week. Approximately 30,000 customers in UE's service territory have been restored. UE customers represented only a fraction of the total number of customers who lost power when a winter storm knocked out power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses from Arkansas to Ohio.

The restoration schedule for the 5,700 UE customers still out of power is as follows:

To Be Restored by End of Day Today (Tuesday, Feb. 3)
• Gideon, Miner, Lilbourn; Morehouse; Portageville area (towns of Portageville, Conran, Rainbow City, Marston, Howardville); Steele (towns of Steele, Cooter, Holland).

Most Customers Restored by End of Day Wednesday:
• Deering (towns of Deering, Bragg City); Matthews (towns of Matthews, Canalou) and Wardell.