Thousands in KC area still without power Monday; cities set up debris drop-off sites

Thousands of Kansas City-area residents remained without power Monday after weekend storms caused widespread power outages and downed trees in the Kansas City metro area.

Kansas City Power & Light reported that more than 7,740 customers were without power Monday afternoon. That’s down from a peak of 93,000 customers without power.

KCP&L said on Twitter that its crews were working with crews from Oklahoma, Indiana and Colorado to get power restored.

As of Monday morning, the counties that had the most outages included Jackson County, with 3,257 without power; Johnson County, with 2,265 without power; and Clay County, with 1,977 without power.

Some of the hardest hit cities include Fairway, Gladstone, Kansas City, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Village of Oakview, Village of Oakwood, Prairie Village, Raytown, Roeland Park and Shawnee.

The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities reported that nearly 530 customers were without power.

The weekend storms altered Father Day’s plans of many in the Kansas City area who spent Sunday cleaning up debris left from downed trees. For others, they spent the day dealing with the power outages.

Several cities have set up debris drop-off sites for residents cleaning up after the damaging storms from the weekend. Many cities require that you show proof of residency.

▪ Lenexa’s drop-off site is located at the Lenexa Municipal Services Center, 7700 Cottonwood St. The entrance is across from Mill Creek Elementary School. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

▪ Kansas City announced that all three leaves and brush drop-off sites will be open this week at no charge to city residents. Hours and locations are available online. Nonresidents can also use the sites, but they will have to pay the usual fees.

▪ Kansas City will also pick up larger tree debris at the curb. Trees must be cut into sections no longer than 6 feet. Pickup is by appointment only, June 26-30 in the Northland, July 3-8 in the central city and July 10-14 in the south. Appointments will be taken beginning Tuesday. Call the Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313.

Kansas City’s Park and Recreation Department crews will continue to clear away city trees and debris blocking streets.

▪ Gladstone’s Public Works facility at 4000 N.E. 76th St. will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for brush disposal.

▪ Shawnee has expanded the days and hours of its drop-off site at Johnson Drive and Renner Road from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb