Many left powerless

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By The Staff

• Oldham County Schools back in session Monday, September 22, 2008.

• OC Road Dept WILL pick up limbs set out on curbs (do not set in street).

Outages are largest ever after Sunday’s high-speed winds

LG&E spokesperson Chip Keeling said crews are working around the clock to restore power to their service area. At one point, he said, about 301,000 customers had no service.

“That’s the largest number ever affected at one time in our service area,” Keeling said.

The number of customers without power decreased to about 225,000 as of Monday afternoon.

Keeling said he anticipates it will take 10 and 14 days for everyone’s power to be restored.


Woman rescued from vehicle on Maple Avenue

A Pewee Valley woman traveling Maple Avenue on Sunday found herself pinned in the driver’s seat as a fallen tree crushed her vehicle.

About 2 p.m. Sunday as Kim Tingle drove home from the grocery store, trees blocking Maple Avenue forced her to turn around in a driveway along the road. She doesn’t remember much else.

Pewee Valley Fire Chief Bob Hamilton said a city public works crew saw the tree fall on Tingle’s vehicle and began working to remove it before realizing the driver was still inside.

The crew’s work to remove the tree from atop the vehicle saved firefighters about 10-15 minutes, Hamilton said, which led to a much speedier rescue for Tingle.

Firefighters removed doors and sawed several sections of the vehicle in order to peel back the roof and access Tingle to free her from the car.

She escaped the vehicle with minimal injuries, including a small cut on her arm. Tingle is now home from the hospital and said Tuesday she’s sore all over.


Crestwood is still without power

Grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants are among the businesses without power in Crestwood.

Mayor Dennis Deibel said most of the city is without power from the high-speed winds on Sunday that came through Louisville and other surrounding counties.

Deibel said the power outages are the major issue and the city is just waiting until it is restored.


Downed power lines, limbs close Pewee roads

Pewee Valley residents who attempted to report to work Monday morning faced quite an interesting commute.

Downed power lines and tree limbs blocked Ash Avenue between Old Forest Road and Old Floydsburg Road and portions of Reamers Road, Old Forest Road and Wooldridge Avenue.

The City of Pewee Valley’s Public Works department and crews from the Pewee Valley Fire Department worked to clear roadways blocked by trees.

The city remains without power, and fire officials visited neighborhoods Monday evening instructing residents to extinguish fires during the night.

Friendship Manor nursing home in Pewee Valley is operating on a generator.


Dispatch, prison operate without power

Kevin Nuss, director of Oldham County Emergency Management said structurally, the county is in good shape after Sunday’s storm. Though there are some homes with trees now on top, he said the biggest issue in the county is getting everyone’s power back on.

He estimated about 60 percent of the county remained without power Monday morning, some due to the fact that trees tangled in power lines.

Oldham County Central Dispatch operated on a generator and lost telephone lines Monday. They routed 911 calls to Kentucky State Police, and KSP dispatchers re-routed calls to North Oldham Fire Department No. 2, where dispatchers relayed information to OCD via radios.

OCD regained power and telecommunication ability about 8 p.m. Monday.

The Kentucky State Reformatory lost power for a short time Sunday, but the facility regained electricity Monday.


Hospital relied on generators Sunday

Baptist Hospital Northeast also lost power from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. During that time, the hospital relied on generators. By Monday, the power was back to normal. Public Relations Coordinator Bettina White said the generators usually start on their own but had to be started manually, leaving the hospital dark for about 15 minutes.

The hospital suffered no major damage. White said a canopy at the rear of the hospital sustained about $700 of damage.


Power has returned to most La Grange homes, businesses

A significant number of Oldham County residents continue to remain without power, but La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter said most areas in La Grange regained power by Monday morning.

Because of the need to get Baptist Hospital Northeast’s power up and running, Carter said, much of the rest of the city saw power restored as well.

Al Earley, pastor of La Grange Presbyterian Church, lives on Washington Street and said though a majority of his neighbors had power restored quickly, his home still remained without it Tuesday morning.

Earley said a small group of homes around Washington and Oak streets are still without power, but is not sure of an exact number. The church, he said, never lost power, but a power surge Sunday morning caused a little microphone feedback.

He said he and his family are staying at home and working on chores, leaving to get food, until their power is restored. He said the loss of electricity is just a small inconvenience and he’s praying for those in Galveston.

“They’ll fix our power when they get to it,” he said. “I know they’re working hard, and I’m so glad they’re there.”


Power’s out, school’s out

Many Oldham County schools lost power Sunday, forcing students to miss classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

With all schools but East Oldham Middle and Locust Grove Elementary Schools out of power Sunday night, Superintendent Paul Upchurch canceled classes.

Oldham County Schools Communications Director Rebecca DeSensi said when classes resume is contingent upon when the facilities regain power.

Several campuses had limbs down, and La Grange Elementary had a tree blocking the entrance, but none of Oldham County Schools’ buildings sustained damage, DeSensi said.


City of Goshen will host a wood chipping event

Goshen Mayor Todd Hall worked from a Starbucks on Monday, due to Internet connections being down – as a result of power outages across the county.

Hall said a large number of trees and limbs are down in the city, and a handful of people had trees fall on their roof.

The city has a wood chipping event planned for November, but discussed moving the event date at their meeting Sept. 15. Because of the high number of downed trees and limbs, the commissioners thought the event should be moved to late September or early October. The date will be included in Goshen’s next newsletter.


Community center damaged, Brownsboro still lacks electricity

Several homes and businesses in Brownsboro sustained damage from high-speed winds Sunday and residents are without power.

Two gas stations flanking Ky. 329 bypass near exit 14 of Interstate 71 are closed due to power outages, and Brownsboro resident George Parrish said the Brownsboro Community Center’s roof and bell tower are damaged from the wind. A tree in front of the center snapped as well.

The roof of the former Brownsboro Eatery is also damaged, and a large sign in front of the building is bent.

Several homeowners found trees and tree limbs littering their property when the wind settled. Parrish said wooden structures at the center used for booths during festivals also sustained damage during the storm.

Parrish worked as a truck driver for 38 years, and said he’s never experienced wind like he did Sunday in Brownsboro.

“I’ve driven a lot of inlands where the hurricanes are come in, but to have wind like that... we’re 1,000 miles away from Houston and I’ve never been in a wind like that,” he said. “That wind was 85 mph or better, it was just unreal.“


Prospect residents flock to stores running on generators

The city of Prospect has seen a majority of the area without power from Sunday’s damaging winds.

Deputy City Clerk Ann Melton said residents are “making the best of it,” and city hall is without power.

Kroger and Walgreens off U.S. 42, she said, are running on generators.

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