By Wednesday, Feb. 4, that number dropped to about 2,100, said Gilkey. There are approximately 10,000 electric customers in the county.
The electric company uses digital meters that allow workers to read them from the office, and this is being used to identify people who are still without power, especially those in isolated parts of the county, Gilkey said.
More than 180 contract crews are working with the 80 Pennyrile Electric employees to restore power. There are still many downed trees and tree limbs to clear and many power lines still to repair, Gilkey said.
“We’re working as hard as we can to get power back to everyone,” said Gilkey.
A boil water advisory that had been in effect in the Lake Barkley Water District area since the week of the ice storm was lifted on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 4, said Barkley District Manager Terry Goins.
Power outages left Barkley District’s pumping stations without power, and as a result the county’s treated water supply was depleted, added Goins.
According to Andrew Melynkovych, director of communications for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, more than one-third of Kentucky’s electric customers lost power during the peak of the ice storm.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)