South Kentucky RECC continued working throughout the day Monday on outages caused by the winter storm; by mid-afternoon, approximately 2300 members were without power across the system. At peak, there were 4,000 affected by outages.
The power drains began around 3 a.m. and were primarily caused by ice breaking tree limbs on lines and there was some wind damage. Crews were out by 3:30 a.m.
SKRECC V-P of Engineering Dennis Holt says restoration continues as quickly as possible.
“While the weather and road conditions are hampering restoration efforts, our crews have worked for about six hours, and they will continue to work until everyone is restored. We appreciate the patience and kindness our members have shown to us during this outage situation.”
Holt added that people can track outages at the South Kentucky RECC outage center on www.skrecc.com, as well as get information via Facebook and Twitter.
While county government offices and the courthouse were open on Monday, Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler had the city shut down its offices and they will do so again Tuesday morning because of the lingering effects of the storm (Judge-Executive Barty Bullock wasn’t sure at the time of his interview whether or not the county would close on Tuesday). The exception for the city will be emergency and essential personnel.
“It went real well,” he said of the reaction to the storm. “The ice and snow on top hung quite a few people up (but) the snow (Monday) morning covered up the ice, helping us avoid a lot of accidents. People drove slowly, carefully.”
At 10 p.m. Sunday night, Girdler had all city departments bring in equipment to help with the expected snow and sleet event, including the water, sewer and gas departments, working with vehicles like backhoes.
Girdler noted that local company Modern Vending had trouble getting their semi-trucks in and out, so the city pitched in and helped them out.