Kentucky Utilities sending crews to storm damaged areas

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Utilities Company has sent crews to some of the areas in the Midwest that were devastated by Sunday's storms to restore power.

According to an official with Kentucky Utilities, crews are now in northern Indiana and southern Michigan where tornadoes hit, tearing up neighborhoods.

"It's kind of 'we're all in this together.' Probably by the grace of God we ended up getting a lighter touch yesterday than we should have," said KU Spokesperson Cliff Feltham.

Kentucky Utilities Company sent 150 line techs from all over the state to these areas to work on repairs.

"We put the people on the ground actually doing the restoration. Putting the lines back up, putting the poles in the ground so we can put the lines back up and the cross arms on," said Feltham. "It's the whole system of restoration."

Nearly 20 left from Lexington early Monday morning, and others left from Danville, Somerset, and other southeastern regions. We are told those crews probably will be in the Midwest until the end of the week.

"Everybody knows that when you're hit hard, you're gonna need help," said Feltham. "And any time that we can go and help we do."

Crews have been able to restore most of the outages in western Kentucky, but KU officials say they will be out there continuing cleanup work throughout Monday.

KU officials say they were not able to send crews to Illinois where six are confirmed dead. For now, officials say they are two casualties in Michigan from the storm outbreak.

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