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KUB says it could take several days to restore all power

11:34 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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Update 11 am.  KUB workers are out trying to restore service to approximately 8000 customers are still without power.

Around 75 KUB and contractor crews have been working non-stop in rotating shifts since the snowstorm hit Thursday afternoon.  They must first assess the damage, then clear trees and debris, before repairing the poles and lines to restores power.

The outages are scattered throughout the area.  Because there are so many trees and lines down over a large area, KUB anticipates this outage and restoration effort to be a multi-day effort and encourages customers to plan accordingly.

KUB says crews have had a tough time accessing the lines due to the number of downed trees and other damage, and icy back roads are making the job even harder in some cases.

Every job is different, but a typical repair job can take 4-6 hours. Replacing a pole can take a minimum of 6-8 hours. 

 

As of 6:28 a.m. Friday morning, there are 8,631 KUB customers without power.  That's down from the more than 13,000 KUB customers reported Thursday night.

KUB Spokesman says a combination of snow, ice, and already saturated ground caused trees to fall on lines. 

KUB has 32 crews out right now working to restore power.  They hope to know more when the sun comes up so they can make an estimate on restoring power to everyone.

Previous story

As of 11:30 p.m., more than 13,000 KUB customers are still without power. That's down from more than 20,000 reported earlier in the evening.

KUB says crews will be working through the night to restore power.

Original story

KUB crews are working to restore power being knocked out by the winter storm.

To see where power outages are location, check out KUB's outage map.

Tips for if your power goes out:

  • Dress in layers. Especially make sure your head and feet are covered with warm hats and socks.
  • Avoid opening your fridge or freezer as your food could go bad. Although you can place frozen food outside and milk and other perishables in a cooler and place outside.
  • Unplug major appliances. When the power comes back on, it could surge and damage your electronics.
  • DO NOT call 911 unless you see a power line down in your neighborhood. If a line is down, DO NOT go near it.
  • DO NOT use outdoor heaters, BBQs or kerosene heaters. Feel free to use a regular wood-burning fireplace for heat. 
  • Be sure to check on elderly neighbors.

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