Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

June 17, 2009

Trees, power lines downed by storm

GLASGOW — Local power companies had restored electricity to most of their customers in the Glasgow and Barren County area by Wednesday morning.

A storm that blew through the area knocked out power to homes and businesses served by Farmer’s Rural Electric Cooperative and the Glasgow Electric Plant Board. It also took down several trees and power lines throughout the area.

Bill Anderson, customer relations manager for Glasgow EPB, did not have a total number of customers Wednesday morning who were without power due to the storm.

“We had power problems all over town,” he said. “It was not any one section. It was everywhere.”

At press time Glasgow EPB was reporting 22 customers without power, five of which were businesses.

“We want to get people’s power back on as soon as possible,” Anderson said, adding that once that task is done the EPB will turn its attention to restoring other services, such as cable television, telephone and Internet.

“We did get one break earlier this morning. We got a contracting crew from Pike Electric to help us with some of the power work where the poles were broken off,” Anderson said.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday officials with Farmer’s Rural Electric Cooperative reported approximately 200 customers who were still without power. A majority of those outages were in the Wisdom area of Metcalfe County with a few scattered outages in Barren County, said Jerry Carter, spokesman for FRECC in a press release.

Carter said crews were working diligently to restore power as soon as possible.

During the height of the storm Tuesday, East Kentucky Power, FRECC transmission supplier, experienced an outage at the Goodnight substation on U.S. 31E outside of Glasgow. Carter said the outage affected approximately 2,400 of the total 3,200 customers who where without power.

“Transmission service to the substation was restored within 25 minutes enabling power restoration to the bulk of the consumers served out of the Goodnight substation,” Carter said. “Service was restored to the 31E area just north of Glasgow by 8 p.m. The additional outages were storm related incidences primarily in Barren and Metcalfe counties, as we experienced 12 broken utility poles. The power outage affected approximately 13 percent of our 24,000 members served.”

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