Although there were widespread power outages, most of the Riverbend escaped significant damage when the storms blew through the area late Saturday afternoon. Tens of thousands of people lost power when strong winds toppled trees and brought down power lines.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold tells The Big Z much of the city saw damage of varying severity.
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Godfrey Assistant Fire Chief Ed McBride tells The Big Z it could have been worse.
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Other areas of the Metro-East had more severe damage. About 44,000 Ameren customers were without power at one point. The utility reports strong winds with gusts of up to 70mph brought down 15 sub-transmission lines.