LG&E works to restore power to homes after storm; residents try to keep cool

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 6:36 PM

(WHAS11) - Crews have been working through the night to restore power to Kentuckiana residents after storms swept through the region Sunday.

Residents described the storm as quick but damaging.

"We was watching TV last night heard a couple big booms. Fourth of July was early...poles coming down neighbors were running wild," Henry Brown said.

Frederick Lavender lives on 7th Street, and at 6:00 p.m. he was still without power.

"I heard a boom and then the lights went dim for 15 seconds and then the lights just went out, so I said OK, I grabbed a flashlight, opened the front door and there was a pole split in half," Lavender said.

LG&E officials said several residents along 7th Street are still without power and LG&E works to restore power to homes; residents try to keep cool it will most likely be around 9 p.m. Monday before their electric service is restored.

In the meantime residents are dealing with the heat trying to stay cool as best they can. Joe Turner said, “with a towel...I keep wetting them with stuff. Last night me and my mom had to pay $75 for a hotel room, because she just couldn't stand the heat she has a few breathing problems. "

At the height of the storm more than 11,000 customers were in the dark. The hardest hit area in the city appears to be near Algonquin Parkway where some businesses were forced to close Monday because of power outages.

LG&E are not the only crews on the streets; Metro Public Works had crews out Sunday night and Monday afternoon to clean up debris and down power lines.

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