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SNOW OVERLOAD

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Weekend storm knocks out power to much of county

By Becky Barnes

 

The Friday night, Saturday morning storm that swept through Harrison County left widespread power outages.

Bluegrass Energy crews worked around the clock to restore power.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, about 2,000 Harrison County customers of BGE remained without power, according to Barry Drury, district manager.

Barry Drury, BGE district manager said Sunday that electricity should be restored to most of the customers.

However, Monday morning, several homes were still without power. 

By Monday afternoon, only about 350 customers in Harrison County were listed on Bluegrass Energy’s website as being without power.  And, by the ringing of the New Year, all Harrison County residents were back on.

Drury said that while some customers lost power early in the storm, others who had electricity until Saturday night was likely the result of the heavy snow falling from the lines creating a bouncing movement in the lines. Some of those may have broken from the movement while others may have kicked a breaker when the bouncing caused the hot wire to touch the ground wire.

Drury said BGE crews received assistance from five other cooperatives as well as several contractors.

Those without power used generators or wood heat while others were forced to find shelter with family or friends.

Cynthiana Christian Church opened its doors for those who had no power.

According to Rejeanna Craft of Harrison County Search and Rescue, two men were transported to the shelter on Saturday and were then moved to the Evergreen Motel.

While the heavy snow played havoc on the powerlines, it was the perfect storm for would-be builders of snowmen and sledders.

On Wednesday morning, several snowmen remained as centuries in the front yards of many Cynthiana homes.

 The largest may very well be the 10-foot snowman built by Keene Price, Colton and Vance Kendall on Old Lair Road.