50,000 Still Without Power, LG&E Says Progress Will Be Slow

by scrosby on February 2, 2009

Some 50,000 people in Louisville are still without electricity after last week’s ice storm – and LG&E officials say the repairs are getting more and more challenging. Company spokesperson Chip Keeling say crews have restored power to more than 150,000 customers.

He adds the remaining outages are either difficult to fix, apply to relatively few people, or both.

“We’re having to get into areas that are very difficult now to get into,” says Keeling. “It’s not the big circuits I was telling you about, we can bring those circuits up and we get 1000 people or 2000. It’s getting to the point of where it’s like my neighborhood, 40 houses, and very difficult.”

Keeling says the utility company is sticking to its original recovery estimate of 7-10 days from the start of repairs last week.

Louisville’s Mayor announced today the city will canvas neighborhoods to collect storm debris starting next week, much in the same fashion as it did after last year’s windstorm.

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