LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Help is coming from across the country to help get restore power across Kentucky.
Co-ops from 11 different states, including Indiana and Arkansas, are on hand to help deal with the damage. According to Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, as of 4:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, roughly 34,000 co-op members are without power. However, there are still over 100,000 customers without power across the state.
Approximately 475 employees have arrived from over 60 sister co-ops. Kentucky Electric Cooperatives is coordinating the efforts of crews from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
“Though co-ops have made steady progress restoring nearly 90% of the outages since Friday, this last 10% will likely be the most challenging and time consuming,” said Chris Perry, president and CEO of Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. “Co-op staff take these outages personally and share the urgency of co-op members to restore service as quickly as possible. The messages of support from the membership are so encouraging.”
Kentucky-based United Utility Supply Cooperative is assisting with storm response to cooperatives across the region. Its Cooperative Distribution Center in Louisville is responding with transformers, power lines, poles and all other materials needed to outfit an electric utility.