Energy Companies Prioritizing Areas To Restore Power

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

Over 30,000 Blue Grass Energy members are still without power. Power restoration for emergency management and medical facilities is a priority. They will also work on sub-stations that will restore power to large numbers of individuals.

Cathryn Gibson, Vice President of Member Services for Blue Grass Energy, says, "There's a defined way to restore power and it's not about choosing one neighborhood over another."

Kentucky Utilities have also developed a general prioritization list for restoring power. They will focus on restoring power to hospitals and health facilities, followed by public safety facilities and nursing homes. Finally, residential customers will have their power restored.

KU estimates another 7-10 days for complete restoration in the LG&E's service area.

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  • by Steve Location: lexington on Feb 2, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    I think Ray from Hampton needs to get back on the short bus.
  • by robert davis Location: berea ky on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    if you do not live in town or near a business that is deemed as important to the community then you will be the last ones to get power back up.
  • by Carol Location: Lexington on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    I want to thank all those electrical companies from out of town helping to restore power. This isn't easy for them and I am grateful. We were out of power for two days and while that isn't much, our son does not do well with changes and I am VERY grateful we are home and his world is back to normal. For those without power, hang in there, this too shall pass. Also, brownie points to all those fast food resturants working with little staff and still keeping a smile and friendly comment for customers. I took my kids to several and everyone was nice except one at a sit-down resturant. They don't get paid that much and some of them had no power either. If you go to these places in the next few days-say a thank you and be patient, they are doing the best they can in a bad situation (and yes, I realize there are exceptions, but choose to ignore them).
  • by Barbara Location: Woodford County on Jan 30, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    We keep hearing a lot on the new about Madison county and other counties, but we have been without power since the storm first hit (4 days) and I have heard little about woodford county. Just wondering how many in woodford county and versailles are without power?
  • by carol Location: dixie area/lexington,ky on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    the rumor is that the dixie area is last to be turn on, it's not on their list of importance. this whole area is with out power. some don't have a place to go to for two weeks or longer. help these people someone.
  • by amy Location: richmond on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Thanks to some of you who are understanding in this. Especially Thomas for lending a helping hand to the ones doing all they can to help. If you think it's cold in your house imagine working 12-16hr shifts out in this mess. Police, firemen, electricians, and lots of National Guard all all freezing cold out there, I could care less about who's president I'm more concerned about all these men and women out here that are doing the very dangerous work to restore power and keep order for all of us. I guess when it's your spouse/family/friends doing the work you view things from another angle.
  • by Thomas Location: Lexington on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Posters need to stop sniping at each other and check on neighbors (especially the elderly) or friends you know leave in rural areas. IF you have power, consider calling the Red Cross to see if they need volunteers to help out. I passed out hand warmers to police blocking a road to prevent motorists from driving over downed power lines and utility workers making repairs and it wasn't even my neighborhood. Believe me...these people are surprised when someone does something like that for them.
  • by Ray Location: Hampton on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Just giving him the same courtesy that the Left gave Bush. You know full well that if Obama were a white Republican, the press would be all over him in response to this.
  • by debbie Location: KY on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    If you can remember in 2003 it took weeks to power return to many homes. If you live out in the counties it can take longer. With trees down and ice everywhere it is not easy to get to some of the down lines. Stop being wimps, Yes is cold in your house without power, but you can make do. Go to a shelter, of freinds, or family. While you are with out TV, video games and computer trying talking to your family play board games. And keep in your prayes the men and women who are working to get power back on. And unlike Katrina your house did not get blown away or have water over the roof. The President on Wednesday sign for Federal aid for KY, unlike Bush who thought everything was going great while 100's died in Katrina aftermath. Suck it up and make do.
  • by Lisa Location: Madison County on Jan 30, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    It's my understanding that KU has not trimmed the trees in their power line right-of-ways in 3 years in Madison County. Maybe if they had it would have reduced the number of residential customers without power.And also shortened the time that people were without power. Not everyone can afford generators or the cost of a motel stay.
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