Schools Face Problems Beyond Outages

by Gabe Bullard on January 31, 2009

Governor Steve Beshear has ordered the total activation of the Kentucky National Guard. The move will add three thousand troops to the recovery effort across the state, making it the largest call-up of National Guard troops in Kentucky history.

In the Louisville area, roughly 122 thousand residents were without power as of Saturday afternoon. Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says warm temperatures this weekend are causing additional problems for power crews.

“They go and get a neighborhood on, the ice starts melting off the tree, the tree starts flipping back up and takes down more wire,” he says. “So they are starting to see that.”

Jefferson County Public Schools officials have not yet made a decision to cancel classes Monday, but Poynter says 13 schools are without power, and restoring electricty to the facilities is only the first step.

“Once you bring the school up there might be other issues,” he says. “There may be broken pipes, there may be issues of getting the boiler started. One of the issues also is, a lot of families are not living in their house so they can’t be picked up at their normal bus stop.”

E-On U.S. has over 25 hundred workers in the area and full power restoration isn’t expected until sometime next week.

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