Power returns slowly to NEJC homes hit by Sunday storm

Crews by Monday had shifted a massive tree felled by high winds out of the path of cars on Roe Avenue.

Northeast Johnson County found itself in Mother Nature’s cross hairs once again Sunday as it bore the brunt of an intense thunderstorm whose high winds felled tree branches and downed power lines — damage whose effects persisted late into Monday. 

Prairie Village, Fairway and Mission Hills were among the hardest hit areas in the area, with hundreds of homes left without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Though many homes were back online early Monday morning, dozens of homes in the area will still without power Monday night. In fact, KCP&L’s power outage map showed that nearly 100 customers in the 66205 were still without power as of 8 p.m.

The storm’s damage to trees impacted local traffic as well — though in at least one instance, police suspect that more than the weather came into play. At 8:14 Sunday night a driver suspected of driving under the influence crashed into a large tree that had fallen onto Roe Avenue near 91st Street.