My Power's Out, But Where's the Storm?
Most power outages are weather-related and caused by severe storms, but power outages can happen at any time - even when the weather seems perfect.
Outages can be caused by traffic accidents, construction work, equipment failures and even animals. Yes, squirrels, birds, snakes, raccoons and other critters have interfered with Ameren equipment and caused power outages!
Sometimes these outages can be very short - so short that you may not notice them. Called momentary outages
, the lights may flicker and you may need to re-set your digital clocks. Momentary outages typically occur when our automated equipment detects a potentially serious condition and temporarily breaks the flow of electricity, which protects essential parts of our delivery system from possible damage.