Thousands without power following winter storm


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 7:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Electric crews hit the snow covered ground with additional manpower early Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, restoring power to more than 35,000 customers.

"With the temperatures expected to stay around or below freezing and with winds to pick up, there is potential for more outages to occur," Natasha Collins, the media relations director for LG&E/KU, said.

More than 400 downed power lines and close to a hundred reports of downed trees and limbs were to blame. Residents inside Guardian Court Apartments, off Preston Highway felt the full force behind Mother Nature's blow. Multiple trees came crashing down on the roof of several units. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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"It's been non-stop, people dispatching us," Don Hoskins, a lead line technician, said.

Leaving little time to rest, line technicians like Hoskins worked above the ice and snow for some 12 to 14 hours straight.

"Snow is one thing, but when you get to ice, your footing is treacherous," Hoskins said.

"Things like climbing poles, dealing with equipment covered in ice, all of those things are factors in doing their job," Collins said.

They weren't alone. MSD crews worked around the clock clearing drains to prevent flooding and salt trucks, once again, took over city streets.

"This is the 13th event that we've had and it's been a winter unlike one we've had in quite some time," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

By noon Wednesday, 15,000 customers remained without power. LG&E/KU expects to restore power to the remaining customers by Thursday evening, Feb. 6. If you continue to have problems or experience an outage, you can call the service line at 502-589-1444.

Louisville Gas and Electric and Duke Energy have compiled a map of the latest outages reported.

Click here for L&GE and KU.

Click here for Duke Energy