Due to a power outage on the 10th day in eastern Kentucky, Friday’s power cooperative personnel continued to deal with major damage to the system, including broken utility poles. Clutter, road blockages and cruelly fallen trees, branches and ice blocks make the job more complicated.
As essential parts of the necessary electrical system were rebuilt, the cooperatives in eastern and southeastern Kentucky continued to gradually but urgently restore power supply. Starting Friday, the cooperative has about 36,000 consumer members without power. As of 4 pm on Friday, this number had fallen to 27,601. During the peak power outage period, on Tuesday morning, more than 100,000 consumer members had no power.
Although there are many challenges in restoring power after successive winter storms, one factor that has not yet become a problem is the use of materials and equipment to replace damaged infrastructure. The Kentucky Electric Cooperative is the cooperative owner of the United Utility Supply Cooperative, which has been able to provide all key materials such as transformers, conductors (wires), hardware, grounding equipment, utility poles, tools, and safety supplies.
Although the crew welcomed this weekend’s forecast of temperatures in the 1940s and 1950s, the melting ice and snow may also cause trees and branches to “bounce” or “break” due to weight loss, causing wires to break and fall and cause new downtime.
Local cooperative workers are getting help from about 800 other people, including 331 mutual aid workers from power cooperatives in Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana. The cooperative also attracted hundreds of contractors to help the eastern part of the state continue to recover from three winter storms in eight days.
“Because electric cooperatives serve the’last mile’ in some of the most remote and rural areas of Kentucky (including forests and mountains in eastern Kentucky), recovering from natural disasters (such as ice storms) can be a long and arduous Process,” said Chris Perry, president and CEO of Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, a statewide association that supports local cooperatives. “That’s why we have been urging Kentucky to prepare for prolonged power outages, because the initial forecast predicted a large amount of ice accumulation. Knowing that we are working as hard as we can.”
After Kentucky entered a state of emergency, the National Guard is assisting members to get to the heating center, food, water, medicine and oxygen. The cooperative continues to encourage members who need help or supplies to contact the local county judge administrative office (financial court) or the county emergency affairs director for guidance and help.
When indoors, people without power will focus on keeping warm. If the house is not using a generator, please do not open the door of the unused room to keep warm air in and cool the air. Unless necessary, do not open the outdoor door.
Food safety is also very important if there is a long power outage. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors as closed as possible, and eat perishable food first. Store food in a cooler and fill it with ice cubes to prevent it from spoiling for more than a day. Once the refrigerator temperature exceeds 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the food becomes unsafe.
In order to protect household electrical equipment during a power outage, please turn off the power and unplug all unnecessary electronic equipment or appliances. When power is restored, this will prevent the device from being damaged by power surges or spikes.
Once the interruption is over, safety precautions still need to be taken. The power line may still be disconnected. If you see the power cords facing down, do not touch them. Call your local cooperative or 911.
Regarding the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives in 117 of the 120 counties in Kentucky, the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives serve 1.5 million people, approximately 35% of the state’s population. Kentucky Electric Cooperatives (Kentucky Electric Cooperatives) is a statewide association that provides representatives in conventions, Congress, and regulatory agencies. Safety training; coordination management training; and public relations support, including the publication of “Kentucky Life” magazine. The Kentucky Electric Cooperative consists of a board of directors consisting of a manager and a director from each of its 26 member systems, and is headquartered in Louisville.
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Post time: Feb-21-2021