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Snow and ice wreak havoc on east Kentucky power grid

The only substantial snowfall of the season so far might have been fun for the kids, but it was causing headaches for adults. Collapsed power lines left thousands across eastern Kentucky without power. As of 9:00 p.m. Sunday, the winter storm was winding down, and Kentucky Power reported 23,000 homes without power across its service area from Ashland to Hazard.

And while power was restored to some homes overnight, The Floyd County Times received reports of new outages Monday morning. Nearly half of those outages were in Breathitt, Clay, Leslie, Perry and Owsley counties, where 11,309 lost power. Another 6,569 homes were without electricity in Floyd, Pike, Martin and a portion of Knott counties. Although workers began repairing the damage immediately and additional work crews were brought in to assist, Kentucky Power estimated that restoring power to all homes could take until noon on Thursday.

Kentucky Power advised that residents not approach a downed power line, no matter how harmless it might appear. Customers can report downed lines by calling Kentucky Power at (800) 572-1113 or by contacting local emergency officials.

Filed under: Breathitt Co. | Knott Co. | Floyd Co. | Perry Co. | Weather


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