Montgomery County Man: "It's A Waiting Game" With The Power Company

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

A Montgomery man says power lines have fallen on his home, a utility pole is laying in his yard and no one seems to care.

Gary Oney of Jeffersonville says the utility pole in front of his home snapped days ago, causing electrical wires to land on his home and the rooftop of his neighbor's home. He says he immediately called 9-1-1 to have the hazard removed.

Montgomery County 9-1-1 Officials say they called Oney's power company right away to alert them to the situation. "We used all of our resources to help this man by contacting the electric company", says Ann Shanks with Montgomery County 9-1-1. But despite the efforts of 9-1-1 officials and Gary Oney--who's called the power company more than half a dozen times-- days later the power company still hasn't come to to remove the dangerous wires from the property.

Oney says he's concerned that the wires may "come alive" and set his home on fire, or hurt his family.

The Jeffersonville man says he knows crews are busy, he just hopes someone gets to him before it's too late.


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  • by brittany Location: menifee co on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    may we be praying for more help after these bad storms becuse some of still don't have homes
  • by The situation is bad enough without having to deal with rude people that is supposed to be "offering help"!! Location: Jeffersonville on Feb 4, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    I understand that the electric companies are working as hard as they can to restore power to everyone as soon as possible but it has been so hard for us with my husband at work during the day and me at home with 3 babies and trying to find a way to get them a hot meal and try to keep them as warm as possible...it gets very stressful at times!!! We have called the different agencies to try to get some help with buying supplies and all we get are rude people! We saw the program on 27 NewsFirst about United Way trying to help people that still had no power and when we called them the people were rude to us and had no sympathy at all! They didn't even have a process set up yet to distribute the donations!! I would have hoped that our community would have been better at trying to help us or offer their help. I have always been a very giving person and tried to do what I could to help different people and now that we need a little help..no one is around!!It's very sad!!
  • by Patient Location: Winchester on Feb 2, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    I would like to THANK the electric companies who have had people out 24/7 since the ice storm. You are amazing people! Yes, people are still without electricity in some places. People are griping and complaining about not having electric, but you aren't out in a bucket truck trying to clean ice and tree limbs off power lines. You can't tell where the problem is exactly, and they have to check everything before finding the problem. It's not like it's a blown fuse that they can change by unscrewing it and putting another one in. It's probably not been as cold in your house as it has been up in the bucket trucks with the ice and wind. Thank your electric workers. They are doing the best they can in the circumstances. And remember, some of these people are from out of state and have to get brought up to speed before going out and about fixing problems.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Clark Energy is laying low. Won't answer the phone and if you go to the office the receptionist won't let you talk to any one. They WILL NOT give updates. That sucks.
  • by Sue Location: Ky on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Hey, Gary my husband works for an Electric Co. - when my electric went off last Tuesday I didn't even call the Electric Co. I knew they were out there risking their lives in the dark and ice- snow.no one knows what they go through trying to get to people to help them!!! My husband has had about ten hours sleep since this storm hit... I didn't think I was any different then anyone else - everyone wants their heat- lights-- I hope you all get that today!!! BY THE WAY MY ELECTRIC WAS OFF FOUR DAYS- BUT MY HUSBAND DIDN'T EXPECT THE POWER CO. TO DO US ANY FAVORS - NOR DID I -- NOR DID THEY!!!! BE THANKFUL IF WE GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT ANY OF THE POWER COMPANY'S LOOSING ANY OF THEIR WORKERS!!!!
  • by Now on Feb 2, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    I want to let everyone know the "Power Companies" are working as fast as they can. Do you PPL realize these guys are working 16-hour shifts! It’s hard to believe how shallow some of these comments are. These guys are cutting their way into areas with chainsaws, and putting their lives at risk. They have families without power as well, and they are leaving their families alone for weeks. Please stop all the rude comments. The Power Companies do care. They are Line Men, not magicians.
  • by Note to Electric worker on Feb 2, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    Thanks for all you are doing but I will say one thing; the word is "idea" not "ideal." But with that said, THANKS again for doing what you do.
  • by matthew roland Location: montgomery county on Feb 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM
    my girlfriends electric has been out since wednesday and the electric company has came and looked at it two or three times but has never tried to repair the line or offered to let them know when they might have electric back on. and i think it is a shame that if they want to wast time and fuel to go look at it why not just go on and fix the problem and save some time and fuel and aggravation for the people that are out of electric
  • by robert davis Location: berea ky on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    the power companies place do not care about possible health problems all they care about is getting power back to some of their customers and all of the businesses.
  • by Electric worker Location: Kentucky on Feb 1, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    I work for the power company and we are working 24 hours a day to get the power restored. You have no ideal of the people that are in the same situation.. 1000's upon 1000's. Thank you Gina!!!! You are one of very few that understand!!!

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