KCK utility addresses June electrocution death

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Westar Energy crews work on a power line. (KSN File Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities says work on scores of downed power lines prevented it from quickly responding to a similar call in June about line at a city park, where a man was electrocuted.

BPU spokesman David Mehlhaff issued a statement Wednesday explaining why it took more than 11 hours to respond to the downed power line at Rosedale Park after the June 15 storm. Twenty-seven-year-old Nicholas Moeder of Shawnee was electrocuted on June 16 as he played disc golf in the dark with a friend.

The BPU says it received 553 service calls that evening, including three that reported the downed wire in Rosedale Park. The utility says the storm left 2,277 customers without electrical service.

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