More Louisville-area residents regaining power - WDRB 41 Louisville News

More Louisville-area residents regaining power

The number of people without power in Louisville continues to come down.  LG&E says it will be another five to nine days before all customers are back online.

The good news is, LG&E crews and hundreds of out-of-state workers are making good progress.  The number of people without power has dropped from 301,000 on Sunday down to 129,000 as work began on Thursday morning.

But the utility says it is going to be slow going from here on in.  In many neighborhoods it appears little has changed since Sunday's storm -- that has frustration growing as customers wait for power.  Highlands resident Rosie Heil, for instance, says, "We haven't seen the first LG&E truck."

But Mayor Jerry Abramson says, "A lot of folks don't understand the gravity of the kinds of things LG&E is involved with."

A substation off Terry Lane is cited as a good example of why it will take many more days before everyone has their power back on.  Crews have been working there from Sunday onward.  The station hidden behind Sander Elementary School serves a large area of southwest Louisville.  It was knocked out Sunday when six wooden poles were blown down, putting the school, homes, and businesses in the dark.

After three-and-a-half days of round-the-clock work, six stainless steel poles are up, wires and equipment are being installed, and the substation was expected to be up and running sometime Thursday evening.

Even with more than 1800 workers on the street now, it is still expected to be slow going because some of the easier repairs that restored power for large numbers of neighborhoods have largely been completed.

The work that is left is expected to be the tougher work that cannot be done quickly.  This is the largest restoration effort in the history of LG&E.

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