Hundreds of E.Ky. residents still in the dark

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - At one time, more than 12,000 people across eastern Kentucky were without power due the heavy snow and high winds, but that number continues to drop.

Some in Pike County are still in the dark on Tuesday night and said they were told they might not have their lights back on before the first of next month.

More than 1,600 Kentucky Power customers remain in the dark in Pike County.

Superstorm Sandy's effects have been felt hundreds of miles past the East Coast.

“I ain't mad at Mother Nature,” said Pike County resident Phil Fleming.
“Mother Nature is going to do what she is going to do, but I do think they need to look into power outages all the time.”

Fleming, like other residents of the area are trying to go on with their daily lives despite the sudden change in weather.

“The biggest difficulty through the whole thing has been power outages and they have been kind of sporadic,” said Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett.

Many are without power in their homes, but some others are without power in their homes and at work because they own their own businesses. Some said they have been told theirs probably will not be back on until Nov. 1. Certain people are opting to keep theirs open which makes for some creative ways to take care of their customers.

Fleming said he has resorted to finding automobile parts using his parts books, which he had to read with a flashlight.

“With a computer, you can just whiz right through it,” said Fleming.
“You don't have no income if you don't run your business.”

Fleming and his wife Kaye said this is not the first time they have been without power.

“Seems like every time the wind blows the power goes out around here and the tree people were in here to cut the trees away from the power lines but I don't think they did their job,” said Fleming.

Fleming also said rates had increased since a power outage in December of last year. He said he believed, as paying customers, they hoped the problem is fixed soon.

Kentucky Power officials said they are working as fast as they can to resolve the problem.

Tackett said no shelters were opened because they did not have a need for them. For an update on how many are without power now, visit

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