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Winter weather leaves thousands without power, trees downed across county

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By Andrew Henderson

Update: As of 2 p.m., there are 2,885 customers without power. 

Last night’s freezing rain, sleet and other wintery conditions have led to hundreds of downed trees and thousands without power in Oldham County.

According to Kentucky Utilities there are nearly 4,000 customers in Oldham County without power.  Many of the outages were reported early this morning and are currently under evaluation.

The largest area of outages is concentrated around Pewee Valley, almost half of the reported outages originate from the area. Other high outage areas are around Centerfield and La Grange.

The media spokesperson for Kentucky Utilities was not immediately available for comment.

Outages can be reported online

Pewee Valley Police Chief Greg Larimore said several roads are still blocked and the majority of the city still remains without power. 

Several trees and limbs have also fallen around the county. Sidney Funk, a mechanic for the Oldham County Road Department, says they’ve been receiving calls all morning about downed tress along the county roads.

He said many of the road department employees have been out since last night salting the roads and have been fielding calls about tree and limb removal through the night and morning.

Funk estimated anywhere from 75 to 100 trees have been removed by the department, but the number was possibly higher.

“And the calls keep coming in,” he said.

The road department is located at 4 Quality Place in Buckner. The phone number is (502) 222-0426. 

Additionally, Oldham County Schools were cancelled this morning due to downed trees and power outages.

Lori McDowell, director of communications for Oldham County Schools, said there are three schools without power: Locust Grove Elementary, East Oldham Middle School and Centerfield Elementary School. 

She said they have yet to recieve an estimated time when power would be restored to those schools, and that it's also too early to determine whether those schools will be in session tomorrow or not. 

Another round of light snow and lingering freezing drizzle is possible this afternoon into the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. Light accumulations of snow may also be possible.

This story may be updated.