WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed July 14, 2004
Repair Crews Struggling to Restore Power
By AP/Joe Corcoran/Dan Modlin
Louisville/Bowling Green – Linemen from Tennessee and Georgia are heading to
Louisville to help restore power after high winds downed
thirteen hundred lines. Officials estimate that more than
115 thousand people were left without power by the
high winds, which uprooted numerous trees across
A spokesman for Salt River Rural Electric says about
twenty thousand customers in his utility cooperative
lost service to the overnight storms. Bullitt County and
Nelson County are among the areas hardest-hit by
Eastern Kentucky Power says almost 38 thousand
customers from near Louisville to Somerset were
without power overnight. 25 substations were
reportedly knocked off line.
An estimated seven thousand Owensboro residents
were without power last night. Officials in Daviess
County received reports of downed power lines,
flying debris, and shingles torn from houses.
Numerous trees were uprooted in Warren County,
where many customers lost power. Torn shingles
and some damage to siding was also reported
in the Bowling Green area. A portion of those
who had lost power last evening had power restored
during the night, according to Warren Rural Electric
spokesman Gary Dillard, who stressed that work
crews are busy trying to repair downed lines. Dillard
says it could be 24 hours or longer before some
customers in Grayson County are back on line.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities reports that
eight thousand customers lost power last night.
As of seven a.m. today, there are between two
thousand and three thousand customers
without electricity. Additional work crews are
coming from Nashville and Paducah.
Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says
Elizabethtown, Shelbyville, and Carrollton were among
the hardest-hit areas. There were also many outages
in Campbellsville, Liberty, Danville, and Russell Springs.