Power finally resumes for Kansas areas hit by ice storm
December 27, 2007

The huge mid-December ice storm that hammered Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, and other states is finally becoming history as the last blacked-out areas remaining in Kansas finally get their power back, two weeks after the storm. It happened less than 12 months after a 100-year ice storm in central Nebraska that also led to long-lasting power outages. Huge power outages can bring water and wastewater systems to a halt, since so many of their processes rely upon electricity. Most importantly, power outages can leave lift stations and water pressure-booster stations without power for dangerous periods of time. Engine-backup lift stations can be a cost-efficient way of ensuring that power outages, whether caused by ice storms, springtime thunderstorms, or summer heat waves, don't create cascading failures that leave people without essential services like running water and sewer lines. In some cases, funding is available from Federal authorities to help make up the difference, since the cost of an engine backup can be far less than the cost of the damage caused by catastrophic sewage backups.

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