Power outage affects more than 2,000

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By Lisa King

A transmission line that feeds into a substation at Clay Village went down about 3 p.m. Monday, knocking out power to more than 2,000 customers around Shelby County, some lingering into the evening, officials said.

About 1,900 Shelby Energy customers saw their power restored by about 4:30 p.m., but some 600 customers of Kentucky Utilities also were affected.

Candi Waford, spokesperson for Shelby Energy, confirmed the status of her company’s customers. Officials from KU had not respond to phone messages from The Sentinel-News, but a recorded message on the company’s phone system advised that 600 customers remained out into the evening.

The outages struck between 3 and 5 p.m. and ranged from downtown Shelbyville and into the Bagdad and Waddy areas. The Boone Station Road corridor was affected, hitting numerous businesses as well as residential customers on a busy, pre-Christmas shopping day.

Waford said that crews think the problem could have been caused by lines that were damaged by a windstorm that blew across Central Kentucky on Sunday night, with wind gusts in the neighborhood of 50 miles per hour, possibly weakening some lines.

Roger Smith, a firefighter with East 60 Fire Department, said that crews think a low hanging phone line damaged in the storm came into contact with high-voltage power lines and shorted them out.

No other damage from the storm had been reported in Shelby County, except for several fallen trees that were cleared by the Shelby County Road Department.