Mayor Abramson says some things could have been done better following the windstorm - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayor Abramson says some things could have been done better following the windstorm

Mayor Jerry Abramson says some things could have been handled better following last week's wind storm.

While many customers have praised the efforts of utility workers, others have criticized LG&E for a lack of detailed information.

The mayor says it could be weeks before he is able to sit down with the utility and re-evaluate what worked and what did not work.  In the meantime, there are fewer than 4,000 homes without power.  

In the aptly-named Windy Hills neighborhood, the hum of the generator and a chainsaw hard at work are among the few signs of life.  The whole neighborhood is still without power.

There's even a sign out front -- welcoming all who enter "the dark side."  Storm victim Richard Lehman says, "Well, at least it's a little humor -- it doesn't hurt to have that."

Lehman has relied on his generator to power his refrigerator.  But after ten days without power, the high cost of gas is weighing on his conscience:  "I don't know whether it's worth it or whether it would have been cheaper to throw the food out."

And another resident, Pat Hounz, explains, "It's been about $200 in gas to keep our generator going for, what, 10 days now."  Hounz says the lack of power is a nuisance.  "I'm just curious what happened to our neighborhood, that we're the last one to go on power."

Her frustrations are like those of many still wondering when power will be restored.  But there is evidence work still needs to be done in her neighborhood.

LG&E has first responders that come through and secure lines.  Then they have what they call "wire walkers" come through and they mark utilities that still need to be serviced.  An orange sign is an indicator that a line still has not been repaired.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jerry Abramson says, ''There may be some areas where we could do better, but I think the most important thing is for this community to get back on its feet."

The mayor says he believes community-wide, things went well.  But he still wants to sit down with LG&E in the coming weeks to take a second look at how power restoration was handled.

LG&E says it will still have all 2200 contractors working through Wednesday.  That's when it's believed all power will be restored.

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