• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Downed tree causes power, traffic problems

About 2,700 Kentucky Utility (KU) customers in Woodford and Franklin counties lost power Sunday afternoon - and motorists traveling Frankfort Road between the two places lost their preferred route. KU spokesperson Cliff Feltham said the storm that swept through Woodford County around 5 p.m. Sunday knocked down a tree on the Versailles-bound side of Frankfort Road between Versailles and Frankfort. "Very stiff winds went through trees that are adjacent to our transmission line that runs from Versailles to Frankfort and beyond, both directions," Feltham said. "A tree came into one of those lines and brought the line down and ... also knocked the guy wires that hold the pole up ... into the road." Traffic both ways was tied up for much of the evening. Woodford County Road Superintendent Buan Smith said his daughter, Tracy, was returning home from Frankfort around 11 p.m. Sunday and was detoured to Steele Road. "It took us awhile to remove the tree so we could get to actually the repair and restoration part of the operation," Feltham said. Feltham said two-thirds of the KU customers in southern Franklin County and southwest Woodford County who'd lost power had it restored by about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Most of the rest of them had to wait until early Monday morning. "... We had to go about resetting a broken pole and then restringing the transmission line so we could get everybody restored ..." Feltham said. The last KU customers affected by the outage were back online by about 6:15 a.m. Monday, Feltham said. "One of the lanes was open while we worked on restoring the lines and the pole, but we needed some of the roadway to put our trucks in there so we could get the pole ... restored," Feltham said. "It was kind of an extended outage, but the storm really just kind of pounced on different locations of the Central Kentucky area." A spokesperson for the state Transportation Cabinet said all Frankfort-bound lanes were open Monday by 6:08 a.m., with the Versailles-bound lanes open just before 6:30 a.m.

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