February 15, 2021

Due to the extreme cold temperatures affecting the regional power supply, Evergy will begin rolling blackouts or “Emergency Load Reductions” to conserve electricity. Today and tomorrow, Evergy will turn off electricity to blocks of customers for approximately 30-60 minutes, then turn the electricity back on again. This may happen multiple times during this period. Rolling blackouts may also occur overnight but there is no posted schedule at this time.

These outages will impact traffic signals. If you approach an intersection and the traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches, unless law enforcement or other authorized persons are directing traffic.

If you are impacted by an emergency electricity reduction, you do not need to report your outage. If you experience an outage that lasts longer than an hour, report your outage at www.evergy.com or call 888-544-4852 or 800-544-4857, for Kansas Central customers.

Call 911 if you rely on emergency medical equipment powered by electricity and your power goes out.

Evergy asks customers to continue to conserve energy to help reduce stress on the power grid, potentially reducing the ongoing need for emergency reductions.

  • Turn thermostats a little cooler (65-68 degrees). Avoid the use of electric space heaters.
  • Close blinds and shades to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
  • When possible, delay non-essential uses of energy washing drying clothes, washing dishes and bathing to non-peak hours, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Use low-temperature cooking methods and avoid opening the oven door if it’s on.

The City of Manhattan Public Works Department also suggests customers conserve water during this period. The water treatment plant is not on the list for rolling blackouts. If a blackout did occur at the water treatment plant, it is served by a generator with the power to operate all equipment at a base flow level if that becomes necessary. However, some equipment at the wastewater treatment plant and sewer lift stations will be impacted by the blackouts. This could temporarily affect the full wastewater treatment process depending on the length of the rolling blackouts. Reducing the amount of sanitary sewer waste during this time will help preserve plant operations.
 
Please check on neighbors, especially those with medical conditions. A wind chill warning will remain in effect for our area until Tuesday afternoon, February 16. With wind chill values expected to reach between -25 and -35 degrees below zero, the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

For more information about power outages, visit the Evergy website at www.evergy.com. Emergency power outage information and advice is also available on the City of Manhattan website at https://cityofmhk.com/DocumentCenter/View/19266/Winter-Energy-Emergency?bidId=