At least 340 remain without power in Shelby County

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Simpsonville Fire Station No. 2 is shelter site

By Lisa King

As of 8 a.m. Thursday Shelby Energy was reporting that 340 customers in Shelby County remain without power.


Late Wednesday night, an emergency shelter has been set up at Simpsonville Fire Station No. 2 on Anderson Lane to accommodate these residents.

Owen Electric Cooperative sent in four crews to help Shelby Energy's workers. The cooperative has 820 total outages among the counties serves.

Power outages were going in an out because ice-laden branches continued to crack and fall onto power lines.

Shelby County Public Schools and Cornerstone Christian Academy were closed again Thursday, the third day this week they have been dismissed. For SCPS, that's now 10 days missed this winter, meaning the school calendar almost certainly would push into the first week of June.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Utilities spokesperson Cliff Feltham said that KU had about 100 customers without power during the night, and that on average, power was restored within four hours. At 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, he said that eight households were still without power, most in the downtown area. He anticipated power restoration by evening, he said.


All of this followed the early closing of schools and public offices and changes in public meetings on Tuesday as the storm began to bring snow and ice in mid-afternoon.

Public schools closed an hour early, and most county offices closed at 3 p.m. as did city offices.

Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, scheduled for 7 p.m., was moved to 5 p.m., and the Simpsonville City Commission rescheduled its meeting from Tuesday night to 7 p.m. Thursday.

This is the second punch of the week, following a winter storm that began Sunday night, which dumped as much as 7 inches of snow on some areas of Shelby County and prompted the closing of public schools as well as Cornerstone Christian Academy and Corpus Christi.

Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said that the snow began coming down at about 8 p.m. Sunday night. He added that although his crews had ploughed all county roads, some were still treacherous because they have become snow covered again.

Henry said he was not aware of any major traffic problems, though there have been quite a few people sliding off the roads in their cars. Shelby County Dispatch reports that no major accidents have occurred they are aware of.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Lasher said Shelby County got from 5 to 7 inches of snow, with the eastern portion of the county receiving the upper amounts. Some residents anecdotally reported as much as 8 inches.