Power outages cause hotels to fill up

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The number of Kentucky Power customers without electricity is now below 10,000, but some could still be in the dark through the weekend. Hundreds have chosen to wait it out in hotels.

All the hotels and motels in hazard are full and people staying at one of them said while they are well taken care of there, they miss the comforts of home.

Hotel General Manager Robin Sizemore said the Mountain Inn & Suites has been packed.

“This is our third night that we have been full to capacity,” said Sizemore.

Since sunday's storm that left more than 30,000 people across the region without power, many have chosen to stay at hotels and try to carry on with their daily lives.

“It is difficult to manage everything when there's no power,” said Debbie Cornett of Letcher County who has stayed in a hotel with her daughters and grandchildren.

Hotel customers said they are not uncomfortable staying in such a place, but they just want to be home and they are hoping the power comes back on sooner than later.

“It is hard when you got kids and you have to pack everything up but I mean it is comfortable here and you have to do what you have to do,” said Dema Campbell of Perry County who has stayed in a hotel the past two nights.

“My biggest concern is my freezers, if it stays off another day everything will ruin,” said Cornett.

One woman’s daughters said it was like a “vacation.”

“I don't think it's a vacation,” said Amanda Burd.
“I do because we don't have school!” said her 10-year-old daughter.

The hotel manager said it was a good thing to have a full house, but they understand it has been tough for KP customers.

“We are very appreciative of the revenue because the economy is starting to hit us really hard but we do feel for the people who don't have power especially those with medical problems because it is really tough for them,” said Sizemore.

“I get upset, it's a lot of inconvenience at my age and level of health,” said Cornett.

With kids out of school, some cannot wait to get back to normal.

“It’s been a while, they need to go back,” said Burd.
“I like having them but them wanting to fight and stuff, I can't handle that,” she added with a giggle.

Some of those people said they do not expect their power to be back on until Sunday.

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