---- — About 300 Ameren customers were affected by a power outage Monday morning near Times Square Mall.
An Ameren spokeswoman said a piece of equipment failed on a utility line, causing the outage. The problem was located to the rear of Crossroads Community Hospital.
Several businesses were affected by the outage, and traffic lights near the mall were inoperable during the morning rush hour.
The Ameren representative said the outage occurred between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and was restored by 11:15 a.m.