Thousands of people still without power

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The electricity is back on for thousands of people after Sunday's snow storm, but around 3,000 customers are still in the dark. Crews continue to work around the clock to restore the power.

The lights have been off in Donna Baker's Pike County home since Sunday night.

"Seems like every time there's a storm our power goes out. It's really bad in this area," said Baker.

She says this time when the snow storm hit she was a little more prepared.

"We did have a gas heater installed after the last snow storm, and we did buy a generator after the last snowstorm. So we do have heat, and we do have some power," Baker said.

Officials at Kentucky Power say more than 34,000 people were without power after Sunday's storm. As of Wednesday morning, nearly 6,000 were still in the dark.

"We knew we were going to get a storm. it was still it's like many storms, how wet is it going to be, how many inches are we going to get and what areas," said Bob Shurtleff with Kentucky Power.

Kentucky Power officials say they brought in crews from other states to help with the massive number of outages.

"Being a member of AEP Corporation, it gives us leverage with a lot of different entities to know where we're going to pull resources from," Shurtleff said.

They say the problems don't stop just because the snow is gone.

"Trees had fell down from outside the right of way where everything's melting and sliding off and causing more problems than were there the day before," Shurtleff said
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Officials say they hope to have all of Pike County's power restored by Wednesday evening. They plan to move those crews to other counties still without power.

Officials say they should have power restored to everyone by the end of the week, and are hoping for even sooner than that.


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