Ice storm leaves thousands without power in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tuesday night's ice storm left problems across the Bluegrass. Ice-laden limbs crashed down, taking power lines with them. The peak number of outages in Lexington was 8,000 people around midnight.

Statewide, Kentucky Utilities says there are fewer than eight thousand customers without power. KU officials said restoring power was challenging because the outages weren't concentrated in any one area they could focus on. Instead, there were many small outages across the county. But those living in the areas without power say they're thankful for those workers.

"I stopped by to say thank you to them because while we're all suffering just a little bit, they're really out there and I appreciate it," says Charlene Leach.

That total pales in comparison with the ice storm of 2003. More than 100,000 people were without power after that storm.

KU officials hope to have all the power restored by later this evening or early tomorrow.

The downed tree limbs are causing a problem for Lexington Streets and Roads as they work to clear roads of snow and ice. Rob Allen with Lexington Streets and Roads says they had over 70 calls about downed trees from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning.

"We're really trying to focus on our school bus routes and neighborhood roads today," says Allen. "I know a lot of folks called in this morning to let us know that they still need help and we're trying to get to everybody."

Allen says his crews are already on their third day of mandatory overnight and working extending hours to help clean up the icy mess.

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