Residents Feel Forgotten

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Residents of the Maple Grove Mobile Home Park in Lexington say they feel like they've been forgotten. They, like thousands of other Kentucky residents, have been without power since Tuesday. However, virtually all of the homes and businesses in their immediate vicinity have had power restored.

Ron Marshall says he's frustrated because he feels he's not getting any answers. He says when he tries to call KU, he's either put on hold for a very long time or has to make numerous calls to get through to someone. He also says no one can give him a timeline as to when he and his neighbors might have their power restored. Finally, he says no one has done welfare checks in the park. He says there are several elderly residents and several people in poor health that might need assistance from first responders.

Many of the Maple Grove residents say they feel they might be getting overlooked because of the fact that they live in a mobile home park. They feel the power companies might be putting them at the bottom of the list. They say they realize that they're not the only ones in the dark but are simply frustrated that everyone around them seems to have power.

Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry told NEWSFIRST that he has directed police to check on the residents at Maple Grove. Meantime, a Kentucky Utilities spokesperson says crews are working around the clock to restore power to all residents.

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  • by DAD on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    Hey Mel, remember it was some of the left wing wacko libs that blamed bush for Katrina,and the democrats were more to blame for our economy, you can thank Chris Dodd, Barney Franks and the rest of the Acorn supporters for the mess that we are in, so get off your high horse.
  • by Earle Location: Corbin on Feb 4, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    For "To Jeff Location: Lexington on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:21 PM" I don't think u have dyslexia; I think you are just stupid. Jeff made a good point about you or whomever it was calling Hazard one big giant trailer park. Get over it!
  • by mom Location: garrard on Feb 4, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    to some of you that are crying stuff why don't you try living the way i have the last 9 days. i have been taking care of 3 families including my own, finding places that are warm for my kids to stay, plus work. i am a single mom with out the help of to many people, that's ok. i don wnat you to realize as bad as it seems, someone always has it worse. i am blessed to know that i can help these families and that no one that i know has dies for any reason. be thankful for what you have and help someone in need.
  • by Amused Location: Hazard on Feb 3, 2009 at 10:32 PM
    This is amazing, Is Obama being blamed for the ice storm,or for people's power not being restored? People do you know how power lines work?? They don't run streight all the time, they run in a grid or sections. They may turn yours on and the person across the street be on another service or grid. They have to check everything out before they turn it on, or it could burn down your home. Do you want this? A cold house is better than no house. There is a right way and a wrong way to restore the power to people, be patient. The men that work for the power companys have not been home since the ice storm, they, of all the people, have more right to complain. I have not been with out power, and yes, I do live in Hazard, but I have family in Western Ky. still without power and also near Lex. who have been without power since last week. They are not blaiming the power company or Obama for their outage, they blame the ice storm.
  • by miss kate on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    no it has not been 9 days. it has been 7. and i can honestly tell the "trailer trash" that they have not been forgotten. i live in a nice house and i am the only house in my street that is out. talk about feeling forgotten. my line feeds to 3 other houses on the other side of I75 and it is like a forest over there. trees everywhere. so when that gets cleaned up then my pregnant self and 3 small kids can finally go home. but folks that is just how the cookie crumbles.
  • by cs Location: ky on Feb 3, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    After hearing about the residents of Maple Grove Mobile Home Park, a few days ago: I decided to research WYMT's site to see if there was an update. The listing that I chose was "Residents feel forgotten." I found where someone is so negative regarding the residents and about Hazard.This person is side stepping the issue. It doesn't matter what one lives in: it is their home. Their home means as much to them as does yours to you. Whinning? No...They are cold. When your cold, you get grumpy. Its a week now. Give them a break. Instead of "twisting the knife", why don't you get in your nice little car or truck and go see if you can help these people. Use your energy for something constructive. As for Hazard: Have you actually been to Hazard in the past few years. I was born and raised there, and go back often. Unless you live in a mansion, I probably could put your home in my formal living room. Proud of where I come from: values were taught: treat others as you want to be treated !!!!
  • by To Jeff Location: Lexington on Feb 3, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    There you are again Jeff, I have college education for your information just because I am not perfections on grammar and spelling dosn't mean I am not smart, a lot people have problems with spelling and grammar it's called dyslexia you should look it up. People with disorder have higher than normal IQ, and for those who learn how to use it exceed greatly. Where ever you are from, I sure hope I don't live next to you or run into you because you are obviously a snob and only think of your self. You also obviously don't have any friends because anyone who be around for 5 min, would be annoyed with you and probably want to hit you. So like I said before, please go and get a life!
  • by citizen Location: KY on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    you have it right michael. IF the power company came and trimmed the trees, the residents would be screaming bloody murder. Power goes out in different areas for different reasons. some are: transformers, individual lines down, the property owners line down, fuses gone out, main tranformers, main substations, fuses in the various items, and so forth. What may be causing your outage might be different from someone elses. Small transformers are readily handy. if a sub station gets damages, it takes longer to repair. Unless you work for the utilties and know exactly how the power gets through to your house, you have NO right complain about how they do their work. Mabye actually ake the time to learn about how your utilities actually work and where your power and water comes from and where your sewer goes. BY THE WAY, I have worked in all 3 utilities and most people have only the basic idea about how utilities get to their house.
  • by Bart Location: London, KY on Feb 3, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    I think impeachment of a President for an ice storm is probably the silliest thing I've read on here yet.
  • by EAST KY on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM


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