Snow and ice hit hard in Eastern Ky.

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitas.com

February 14, 2014

HAZARD—With over 200 customers still without power on Friday, Perry County seems to have been the hardest hit county with this week’s snow storm, which dropped over 7 inches of snow in some areas Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Ronn Robinson, corporate communications manager for Kentucky Power, said crews will be out working all day Friday in order to restore power to those areas still without, especially in the Leatherwood and Pratt Mountain area.

As of noon on Friday, Kentucky Power had reported 226 customers in Perry County were still without power.

“We’ve got all of our folks down working today and we hope to have everything cleared up by midnight tonight if not before, and I think it will be before then because of the progress they’re making,” Robinson said. “But bad weather’s expected again today, and that could be slow things down … or cause additional problems.”

Robinson said much of the issues with the outages have been with trees falling on power lines or power poles breaking in some areas.

“These trees have just been weakened by the snow and the ground is so wet and saturated from a really wet fall last year, together with the weather so far this winter,” he said.

Robinson said another reason the outages have taken longer to deal with in Perry County than in other areas is because there are so many individual outages.

“We have a lot of individual outages, like one or two here, one or two there. It may be that someone at the end of a hollow has had a branch fall on their line, or something,” Robinson explained.

Robinson said the number of customers without power in the county should steadily decrease as the day continues.

“We’re doing everything we can to get the power back on as quickly as possible,” he said.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on twitter @HazardHerald.