Thousands Still Without Power

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About 159,000 homes and businesses in the Louisville area were without power for a fourth day Wednesday as crews continued to repair damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Louisville Gas & Electric spokesman Chip Keeling said 142,000 homes and businesses had power restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the peak after Sunday's storm, there were just over 300,000 customers without power.

Kentucky Utilities, which serves 77 Kentucky counties, had 12,000 without power Wednesday.

Kenergy reported 9,691 customers without power at midday Wednesday. More than half of those customers were in Daviess and Hancock counties, which had 4,877 customers and 1,557 customers,

The governor's office says statewide, 223,000 people are still in the dark.

Meanwhile, Gov. Steve Beshear, who has declared a state of emergency, was scheduled to meet with officials in western Kentucky
about disaster relief efforts there.

And efforts by some people to keep power were having an unintended affect. Jewish Hospital in Louisville reported 14 patients in the last three days suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly used or installed generators at their homes and businesses.

Public schools in Louisville remained closed Wednesday in areas hit by outages and school officials announced classes would not resume before Monday. Some Catholic schools in the city were scheduled to reopen Thursday, but about a dozen in the Louisville area were to stay shuttered because of storm-related issues. High winds were blamed for the death of a 10-year-old Shelby County boy who was struck by a large limb while mowing Sunday.

Kentucky National Guardsmen were on duty Tuesday and Wednesday
in Louisville to assist with removing debris from streets and managing traffic at numerous intersections where traffic lights were inoperable.

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State officials are hoping to get a presidential disaster declaration.

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