Ameren working to determine outage in Bartonville

By WEEK Producer

Ameren working to determine outage in Bartonville

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- Ameren officials are working to determine what caused a power outage in Bartonville.

Village officials initially thought it was a 13,000 volt transformer.

The transformer is surrounded by water near the intersection of U.S. 24 at Adams and McKinley, which is closed to traffic.

Police Chief Brian Fengel said the power went out around 8:45 p.m. Thursday night.

Village officials and Ameren crews had been monitoring the transformer in case it blew out because of flood water.

Fengel said Ameren is not 100 percent sure the transformer is to blame for the power outage.

Meanwhile, Bartonville city leaders have been working to keep residents away from the water.

"I don't think I've ever seen it that high across Route 24 and we just want to make sure people are safe. If you see water and you're trying to cross the water, really be careful because you really don't know how deep it is and the current can sweep you off," said Chief Brian Fengel of the Bartonville Police Department.

"Yeah, I knew we'd get flooding down here, but like this, no. I've never seen it this far up into the Hardee's parking lot. I mean it's bad, it's really bad," said Bartonville Mayor Rhonda Wolfe.

Bartonville officials are unsure how long it will take the water to recede.

The police chief said officers will be monitoring the area to keep people out.