Bad weather leaves thousands without power in Kentucky
La Grunge, Kentucky – November 16, 2018
The winter that was expected to be coming in two weeks has struck tiny Oldham County in Kentucky already (with the population of just 60,000), leaving trees downed and forcing local inhabitants to use candles instead of electricity.
Have you ever heard of this place? Probably not, but, this county has some interesting features, as it was named for Colonel William Oldham, and stayed a “dry county” from the time of Prohibition until January 2005, when the sale of alcohol was allowed in restaurants with at least 100 seats, and just three years ago Oldham County was claimed “a wet one”: just like in recent days due to horrible weather conditions.
Last night’s freezing rain, sleet, and other wintery conditions have led to severe consequences, as according to Kentucky Utilities there are nearly 4,000 customers in Oldham County without power now.
Many of the outages were reported early this morning and are currently under evaluation. The largest area of outages is concentrated around Pewee Valley, since almost half of the reported outages originate from the area. Other high outage areas are located around this place.
As local Police Chief Greg Larimore said, several roads are still blocked and the majority of the city still remains without power, no matter how hard the authorities try to fix it. 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. What Oldham County is facing now is a true nightmare.
Funk also added that many of the road department employees have been out since last night salting the roads and fielding calls about tree and limb removal. Funk estimated anywhere from 75 to 100 trees have been removed by the department, but the number is possibly higher.
“And the calls keep coming in,” he said.