Ice Storm Caused Largest Power Outage Ever in KY

by kespeland on January 29, 2009

More than 607,000 Kentucky electric customers are without power, making this outage the largest on record in the state – ever.  This outage tops the number left without power after the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through last September.  The Commission warns more Kentuckians could experience power outages as tree limbs continue to fall and take out power lines.  Cell phone, telephone, and cable services have also been disrupted in many parts of the state.  Outages could extend into next week as repair crews scramble to restore power.

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chris/critter January 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Yes and people should relized it going to take more than two days to get help. we cant forget the ice strom that hit the northeast last year.

causing crews from canada,ohio, penselviea, ct,mass heading up to nh to help restore power.

smaller state but we deal with ice strom and we got the psnh crews and some other northeast crews heading down to help. in the ice strom. the ice strom that effected us was a week before christmas. it was on a firday.

Helen Johnson January 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

90% of Grayson County, Ky without power and desperate. It is outrageous that the first video from residents of this area appeared on local tv more than 24 hours ago and they’re still begging for assistance. Assistance of any type. 25,000 people in dire need..babies without formula, no power, no heat.. there are folks that need medical attention and theres’ no help for these people??? shame, shame, shame.. This isn’t an area out in the boonies, it’s only 60 miles southwest of Louisville, KY and a major highway goes right through this county. Whats’ up with the Red Cross, whats’ up with the Gov. of KY?, did he forget what the purpose of the National Guard is?? shame, shame.. I am in southern IN, minutes from Louisville..we’re all doing what we can but where are these organizations that hold their hands out.. damnit..these people in Grayson County need help !!!

Michael Smith January 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

One large State blackout is unfortunate, two large state blackouts is reckless. The people of Kentucky shouldn’t tolerate this. This is dire, dire management. When I think of how much money I have to folk out each month to e-on, this level of reckless planning and management is just unacceptable.

Tracy Stevens February 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I am so sorry this has dragged on and is so widespread! I wish I could help. My job is to sell Emergency Stand Alone devices to telephone companies for just this kind of disaster. If they had this in their network you could be calling your community for help and have 911 emergency calling capability. It can’t help clear the roads but being able to get emergency help is so important.

Lenley Ward February 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

My husband works for Kentucky Utilities. These things happen. I have not seen my husband in 2 weeks because he has been working around the clock to restore power. He gets cussed out, has items thrown at him and it makes me so angry. His crew and all the other crews want nothing more than to get everyone back to normal. Please be understanding to him and his co-workers. They are all away from their families and doing everything that they can.

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