ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A major power outage affected parts of Anderson County on Wednesday morning. Reports started coming in around 6:00 a.m. At its height, Kentucky Utilities says 4,000 customers were without power.
Officials believe the outage was because of scattered equipment issues at a power substation. Those issues were related to cold weather. As of 10:30 a.m., KU's outage map showed about 2,000 customers without power. The company says those outages have now been resolved, but crews will still be working on a transformer until 3:00 p.m. The extreme cold made getting the power back on more urgent.
"We have a lot of farmhouses and older houses out in the county. The temperatures drop pretty quickly in those so we're very concerned about our citizens that live out in the county," said Bart Powell, the Director of Public Safety in Anderson County.
The county quickly jumped into action to make sure community members were safe.
"As far as citizens needing assistance, we haven't had a lot of calls. We've done some welfare checks. We've had some citizens that are on home oxygen generators that we've had to go assist them with that. Most people in Anderson County, with this being a rural community, are pretty resilient," said Powell
However some citizens like Peggy Beach was left without power for hours. Her house was one out of the nearly 4,000 homes that were left without power.
"It makes you appreciate your electricity more after you go without it," says Beach. "I just had on pajamas and then the next thing you know you go look for your long underwear and put a vest on and your wools socks and blankets."
Beach told WKYT during her and her grandchildren's time with no electricity, the temperature dropped in her home below 50 degrees.
The Anderson County School District called off school due to the outage. Buses had already started running their routes when officials decided to cancel school. The district continued to pick up students so they wouldn't be left in the cold. According to Anderson County Schools, all schools had heat and partial power at 6:00 a.m. The district says four schools completely lost power at 7:20 a.m and that's when classes were canceled for the day.