Kenergy working to restore power to several customers

Kenergy working to restore power to several customers

TRI-STATE (WFIE) - In Western Kentucky, utility crews are still working to restore power to some residents.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday, Kenergy reported around 95 customers were still in the dark, according to the online outage map. The majority were in Daviess County.

That number was down, however, from the nearly 2,500 customers without power Thursday morning.

Officials say every available Kenergy crew member has been working, with extra help from outside contractors, to restore power as soon as possible.

There were more than 40 separate outages Thursday morning, and crews had to be on site at each one before power was restored.

“We have to send crews to every single location” says Leslie Barr with Kenergy Corp., “so we try to look and see which outage locations will get people back on the quickest and go to those, or those that pose the greatest danger. We try to go to those first to make them a higher priority.”

One outage right off the Audubon Parkway left power lines on the ground near the home of 95-year-old Patrick Vowels of Owensboro.

“We are cautious about losing electricity, especially in this area,” says Vowel’s son-in-law Don Kelley, “with the father-in-law being 95 years old and recovering from a stroke.”

Kelley got a call from his father-in-law shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, saying the power did go out, after neighbors reported seeing poles and power lines on the ground.

“On hearing that,” says Kelley, “we assumed the electricity was going to be out a little longer, so we made the move to come and pick him up before the roads got bad last night.”

Kelley says he and his wife were able to care for their father overnight until power was restored to the home.

“We are good to go, thanks to these wonderful people from Kenergy working out here in these terrible conditions,” says Kelley.

With power lines still down and ice covering the property, Kelley encourages residents in the area to look out for one another.

“It’s good to watch out for all folks,” says Kelley. “Family members and neighbors alike.”

Officials say even if you do have power right now, you might not be out of the woods yet.

“Just because we have power right now, ice and weather is so unpredictable,” says Barr. “A limb could fall at any time and cause a downed line, and that could cause your family to be without power. So just going ahead and preparing now will help you a lot later on.”

It shows the location of every outage, how many customers are affected and if a crew is currently on the scene.

As of Thursday afternoon, Vectren’s outage map only showed a handful of customers without power.

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