The large storm moving across the country may create a high demand for utility crews.
Many utilities participate in a program in which they send crews to hard-hit areas to help restore power. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain and light snow to Louisville. Louisville Gas and Electric spokesperson Chris Whelan says none of those should cause much damage, and many LG&E crews may be sent out of Kentucky.
“We’ve been in mutual assistance calls for the last few days knowing this storm is coming. So other utilities will definitely be requesting additional crews depending on the severity of the storms in their areas,” she says. “If we feel like we’re in the clear, we may release crews to other states to help them out. Obviously our customers come first, but we’re going to hold crews here until we’re in the clear.”
Crews from across the country came to Kentucky after the 2009 ice storm. Whelan says any time crews are exchanged, a number of workers remain in Louisville to handle emergencies or routine maintenance.