Electric conditions improving at a slow pace - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Electric conditions improving at a slow pace

LG&E is sticking with its promise of restoring power to its customers within 14 days of when the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through on Sunday. This as even more downed power lines and utility poles are being discovered.

Conditions are improving in the city, but at a snail's pace. You've been hearing it all week. People want electricity, but it could be longer than expected. They're repairing lines, poles and transformers as fast as they can. Crews from as far away as Orlando are in Louisville, but still, 152,000 customers in metro Louisville are without power. The Sunday wind storm left destruction no one could have imagined.

"We had 8,200 wires down. This was the largest number of customers ever in the state of Kentucky affected by a storm of this sort," said Chip Keeling, LG&E.

While the crews work, shelters and feeding stations are now in high gear.

The American Red Cross and Metro Health Department workers have opened at Louisville Gardens. It will be open 24/7 and will accommodate people who need to recharge and plug in medical devices, along with food and drink.

"We've opened up a limited amount of cots in the beginning and if we have to expand it we can do that," said Brian Quail, American Red Cross.

And a lot of people are hungry. Thursday starting at 9 a.m, a mobile food pantry will be at 3220 Crums Lane, and will be moved to other parts of the city later in the week. Several neighborhood place and Dare to Care locations will have food as well. You should dial 211 or 311 for the location near you.

"We'll do everything we can do to make sure everybody will have the opportunity to go back to school on Monday," said Mike Mulheirn, Jefferson County Schools.

Jefferson County Schools are closed for the rest of the week and all athletic events and competitions have been canceled. Many schools were damaged. Most Catholic schools will be open Thursday. For specific locations, watch the bottom of your screen.

National guardsman, police and police cadets continue to man intersections where traffic signals are still out. It is still going to be a long haul for this city.

"I can't tell you how appreciative I am and impressed I am with the resiliency and patience of folks who realize we went through a very difficult Sunday afternoon," said Mayor Jerry Abramson.

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