Thousands in Laurel County still without power as Eastern Kentucky prepares for more winter weather

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 6:40 PM EST
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - As Southern Kentucky prepares for the possibility of more snow and ice, many are still without power following the last two storms.

Crews from Jackson Energy are working to repair transmission lines in some areas, but the incoming weather could hinder those efforts as some trees would be unable to hold the weight of all that snow and ice.

Earlier in Laurel County, nearly 4,000 people were still without power. In a three-hour time frame, 1,000 people got their power restored as hundreds of crews are working long shifts in extremely cold and snowy conditions.

The outage numbers are around half of Tuesday’s total outages. On Wednesday, many people were at the Corbin Walmart to stock up before the next storm.

“We lost power for about eight hours the other night,” says Kim Stewart. “We did well, we ran a propane heater, we did well for most of the night.”

Taylor Couch’s power is back on but for how long with heavy wet snow on the way?

“But more than likely with other weather coming through it will do the same thing again,” said Couch who lives in Corbin.

Crewmen are doing all they can to put the lights back on even if it’s just for Wednesday night or even a few hours. Crews are working during the day or through the night, doing it as quickly and safely as they can.

A Jackson Energy spokesperson says crews from Georgia and Alabama were assisting Kentucky crews in the restoration process. Many of them are working 16-hour shifts to get the lights back on.

Electric crews also say the longest repair jobs are those that require replacing broken poles which are often in very rural, remote, and hard to reach areas.

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