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Midwest crews aid Wichita recovery


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Wichita was slammed with nearly 90 mph winds June 27, snapping tree limbs and bringing down hundreds of power lines, cutting power to more than 22,000 Westar Energy customers, and causing one of the largest outages in Westar's history.

The next day, when Westar put out a call to Kansas utilities for assistance, Midwest Energy sent 22 linemen and 15 trucks from the Colby, Great Bend, Hays and Lyons areas to help get power restored.

The MWE crews worked from June 28 through July 1 in different areas of Wichita and Haysville. Most of their work was done overnight, climbing poles in alleys and confined areas where using buckets was impractical.

Westar reported power restored to most all its customers Monday afternoon, and MWE crews returned home Tuesday.