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Work underway to get city's power problems fixed

By: Elizabeth Dorsett, Angela Beavin Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett, Angela Beavin Email

One Kentucky community is experiencing an unusual power outage.

It's not "The Grinch" that caused Christmas lights in Paris to go away. It's actually a blown transformer.

A bit of relief Tuesday, as workers began installing a new transformer around noon. City leaders hope to have everything back to normal later today.

Monday many parts of the city began experiencing blips in the system, causing momentary outages. Folks living on Sunset Drive were some of the unlucky few.

Carl Goodwin says, "Quite a bit of outages in the afternoon and the early evening; as much as 1-2 hours at a time. We have 2 gas fireplaces, so really helped us out there."

Paris City officials say the transformer blew due in part to its age and to the sudden change of weather. Workers are installing a temporary transformer on loan from KU.

City Manager, Michael Nagy, asked customers Monday to help conserve power; "I am asking folks to curtail their usage of lights; Christmas lights, other non-essentials. The less demand we have on the system, less blipping we will have."

Tuesday that request remained, as people were once again asked to hold off on Christmas lights and other non-essential power usage a little longer.

Nagy says if everyone works together, the blips will be kept to a minimum. He also says a major draw on the system, the 911 Center has already moved to generators.

Paris Independent Schools closed Tuesday, due to the power problems.

City officials say the issues are nothing short of frustrating, but customers are handling the situation well. "The folks I've talked to have been very understanding, the phone calls have been accommodating; no one's getting out of sorts," said Nagy.

The city manager tells us he hopes to have problems with blips and the momentary power failures fixed by about 6:00pm Tuesday.

Officials ask for patience as they make repairs, but say if customers experience power outages for more than 10 minutes to contact Paris City Power.


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