Monday, February 02, 2009

Monday power outage update

Numbers in Louisville and the rest of the state continue to decrease.
As of 5 a.m. today, about 138,000 customers were still without power within the E.On U.S. service area, spokesman Brian Phillips reported.

That includes 56,000 for Louisville Gas & Electric and about 82,000 for Kentucky Utilities.

He said so far 149,000 LG&E customers and 117,000 Kentucky Utilities have had their power restored.
The storm cleanup will cost the state around $45 million.
Gov. Steve Beshear says he will ask President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster in Kentucky, which will open the state to immediate federal financial assistance in the wake of last week’s devastating ice storm.

The governor said the cost of cleanup now exceeds $45 million, the threshold for receiving a major disaster declaration, and is rising.

At its height, the storm knocked out power to more than 700,000 Kentucky homes and businesses, a state record.

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