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No school Friday

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By Becky Barnes

There will be no classes in Harrison County for the rest of the week.

Superintendent Andy Dotson cancelled classes as well as Kids Club for Friday .

As of Thursday morning, Blue Grass Energy was still reporting 3,232 customers in Harrison County without power.

About 200 line technicians and right-of-way personnel are working throughout BGEnergy’s system today, from states as far away as Alabama, to restore power to about 29,000 Blue Grass Energy members.

With the extra help, a break in the weather and higher temperatures, crews should be able to make progress in restoring power, but it will most likely take several days to completely restore power. Personnel are working as quickly and safely as possible, cutting trees weighted with ice way from power lines and replacing downed spans of line and broken poles.

“Our system sustained severe structural damage from the ice and snow, and so it will most likely be several days before power is completely restored,” said Cathryn Gibson, vice president of member services. “We truly regret the inconvenience to our members, but we simply don’t know how long it’s going to take to get the power back on, so we are encouraging them to find other accommodations to ensure their safety, warmth and health.”

Madison County continues to have the highest number of outages, with Fayette, Jessamine, Anderson and Harrison counties also having high numbers reported.

The latest reports show that Blue Grass Energy’s system has sustained nearly 80 downed power lines and about 40 broken poles.

Blue Grass Energy customer service representatives are working around the clock to answer phone calls from members. Because of the extent of the outages, they have been receiving an extremely high volume of calls, so members are encouraged to keep trying the outage number, 888-655-4243, if they can’t get through the first time.