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Kentucky crews helping restore power in northeast

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

More than two million people do not have power in the northeast after a rare October snowstorm.
Now, dozens of eastern Kentucky power crews are going to help repair lines and restore electricity.

Kentucky Power workers from Hazard, Pikeville, and Ashland left from Paintsville on Monday afternoon for Hartford, Connecticut.
Other contractor crews from Kentucky are also on the way.
"Where storms can hit in the country at any time, they would come here and help us when the need arises, and we go and assist them," said Ronn Robinson, Kentucky Power Communications Manager.

They are returning the favor to the power crews who helped repair lines in eastern Kentucky during the snow storm the week of Christmas two years ago.
"They came and helped us on a similar situation in 2009, so we're going to go up there and give them a hand on their restoration work," said Bruce Lindon of Hazard.

48 Kentuckians will be in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut working to repair downed lines.
"Our familiarity with working in difficult environments like we serve everyday, very rural, mountainous, rugged terrain, so that helps these companies restore power quickly, and they know we'll do a safe and efficient job," said Robinson.

The eastern Kentucky crews say they will stay in the northeast as long as it takes to restore power.

"We'll work about 16 hours or shortly after dark, and then they give you time to get a hot meal, and then rested up for the next day's work," said Lindon.

The Kentucky power crews estimate it will take at least one week to restore power to everyone in the northeast.
Forty-two tree trimmers from our region are also going to the northeastern U.S. to help.

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