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Many frustrated after their power still hasn't been restored

A utility worker is injured while trying to restore power to a Louisville neighborhood. Meanwhile, 80,000 LG&E customers still don't have power.

Nearly 12,000 Duke Energy customers in Southern Indiana are in the dark. And across the river, a mother is trying to keep her medically fragile son alive during this power outage.

A generator is the one thing keeping half a dozen machines running to keep two-year old Trevor alive.

"It's just been really, really stressful. There's been some crying days," said Christa Conrad, mother.

Christa Conrad says her son was born premature and deals with chronic lung disease and a host of other health problems. She says power at their Clarksville home has been out since Sunday. She's bought ice everyday to keep Trevor's medicine and the family's food cold.

Duke Energy says the severe nature of this power outage makes it hard to give priority even to people with medical needs.

"It's been really, really frustrating not to just run after one of the trucks when they go down the street and say hey, what about me," said Conrad.

Clark County lifted its emergency declaration Friday evening. But people across Southern Indiana still don't have electricity.

In Louisville, Governor Beshear requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to get the federal government to reimburse the state and cities for most of the money spent on disaster relief.

Lights at a number of intersections are still out. So Metro police and National Guardsmen will continue directing traffic through the weekend.

LG&E crews are working around the clock, with the help of other companies, on what they're calling "the largest restoration project in LG&E's history."

And contractors are busy assessing the damage to homes like this one. Some cars also are still sitting under the weight of large trees.

We'll have an update at 10:30 to let you know if any more people have gotten their power back on.

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