Thousands Without Power in Louisville, Restoration for Most Expected Tonight

Thousands of LG&E customers in Louisville are without power following severe weather late this morning. According to LG&E’s outage map, about 1,400 Louisville homes and business have no power. Fewer than 1,000 homes and businesses in Indiana are without power. LG&E plans to have power restored to most customers tonight, with the final few homes […]

Hundreds of Area Residents Without Power Following Storms

Monday night’s severe storms knocked out power for nearly 2,000 Louisvillians. The heavy winds and thunderstorms began around 9:00 and were brief. But after they passed over Louisville, residents across the city were without power. The heaviest outages were reported in the Park Hill and Seneca neighborhoods, though several LG&E customers elsewhere were also without […]

LG&E Will Try to Recoup August Storm Costs

As expected, Louisville Gas and Electric is asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission to let it recover costs the incurred during last August’s storm. The wind storm knocked down trees and power lines throughout the county, and 126,000 customers were without power. Restoring power required outside contractors, and cost LG&E more than $7 million. If […]

As Power Restoration Winds Down, Insight Monitors Cable Connections

Electricity has been restored for most Louisville residents, but several people found that when their lights came on, their Internet connections and cable television did not. Cable often follows the same path as power lines, and Louisville Gas and Electric has priority access to damaged connections and poles. “Typically, we are there on site when […]

Schools Close as Power Restoration Continues

The first day of classes at Jefferson County Public Schools has been postponed due to power outages. Saturday’s storm knocked out power to about 30 schools and dozens of traffic lights, making teaching and transportation difficult. “With the uncertainty, the best thing to do is what’s certain,” says Superintendent Donna Hargens. “Our top priority is […]

Metro Government Review of Flood Damage Costs Continues

Louisville Metro Government officials are still tallying the cost of damage and cleanup from severe flooding in recent weeks. If the city can claim $2.4 million or more in damages, Metro Government can request federal assistance. At last count, $600,000 had been spent to keep flood pumps running and officials estimated an additional $100,000 would […]

Beshear Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a federal disaster declaration. Beshear is touring western Kentucky today to review storm damage, and a presidential declaration could make federal relief funds available. “Obviously some of the damage is unknown, yet, because we won’t know […]

As Damage Assessments Begin, Beshear Contemplates Federal Assistance

by Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio Damage assessments in flood-damaged parts of Kentucky are underway, but the extent of the damage and the cost of recovery won’t be known until the water recedes. Governor Steve Beshear says once the costs are known, he will likely request a presidential disaster declaration. “I would think we will, […]