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LG&E says damage is worse than anticipated

It could be ten days to two weeks before all power is restored throughout the Metro area.  LG&E's president says the damage is worse than anticipated.

It is the most widespread damage the city has seen in 30 years.  The remnants of former Hurricane Ike downed 3,000 wires in Jefferson County alone.  And 60 counties, half of those in the state, sustained damage.

Mayor Jerry Abramson said Monday, "There are a lot of folks obviously without power who are being inconvenienced, but the question becomes, when do you open up a shelter, when does a crisis truly arise.  And right now the Red Cross is advising us, and we will continue to monitor that issue, that we are not at this point opening up shelters."

Governor Steve Beshear on Monday said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with...those across the Commonwealth who've been impacted by these storms."

About 500 LG&E workers are working around the clock, trying to restore power.  Their resources are limited because they sent a lot of contractors down to Texas and Louisiana to deal with Hurricane Ike.  They hope to have that number back up by Wednesday when they'll have about a thousand workers trying to restore power. 

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