Hundreds Lose Power

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

The frigid temperatures left many people in one Eastern Kentucky county without power for several hours Saturday morning. Nearly 600 customers in Perry County reported waking up in the dark.

Eighty-two year old Mary Elizabeth Stacy wraps herself in blankets, trying to stay warm.

“I thought it was cold in the house. Now, I was cold, I just went back to bed and covered up good and stayed in the bed until 10 o'clock,” said Stacy.

“It's probably the coldest it's been in years. And you know we didn't have any heat for one thing, but I have a fireplace at my house and mom don't,” said Sharon Davis.

Davis says with no power and heat she wanted to make sure her mom was ok.

“And older people chill, quicker than young healthy people, young strong hard-working people,” said Stacy.

Others turned to propane heaters and layered clothing.

“I got up about four thirty or five thirty this morning and it was out. So, the first thought was about how to keep the kids warm and hoped to bundle up and didn't know what time it'd come back on,” said David Skiles.

Mary Napier says she is thankful to have alternate ways to warm up, like kerosene heaters.

“I thought well, if we didn't have all these other things to keep warm we would have been very cold,” said Napier.

She says she will be sure to keep logs on the fire in case the power goes out again.

Customers we spoke with say they were without power anywhere from 6 to 8 hours.

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  • by thirsty Location: lostcreek on Jan 19, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    on lost creek we are without power a lot. a person can do without electric and life will go on.water is a different issue here on the creek we have been without hazard city water for a week. I pose this question maybe some one should a higher authority to get this situatation corrected.
  • by Karen Location: Hyden on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:26 PM
    I am thankful to those electrical workers who worked so diligently in the cold until our power was restored. It was frigid outside but they continued until every home was restored and we so often forget to say thank you to these people!


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