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Power outage planned to save transformer

MAGOFFIN COUNTY – Early Sunday morning, as temperatures hovered in the single digits, a local power company decided to strategically drop parts of the power grid in order to keep from damaging the transmission transformer.

According to Allison Barker, corporate communications manager for Kentucky Power, East Kentucky Power Corporation requested that Kentucky Power drop load at the Falcon station because they were experiencing overloading of a transmission transformer. 

In total, approximately 3,300 customers were affected. Within 45 minutes service was restored to roughly 1,230 customers. Within five hours 3,245 customers’ power had been restored. Roughly 85 customers were without service until January 9.

Magoffin County Rescue Squad Carter Conley commended Kentucky Power for keeping first responders in the loop and for making the nursing home a priority, getting the power back on quickly for them.

“If the transformers had blown up, we wouldn’t be talking about power being off a few hours,” Conley said. “We would be talking days.”

Conley wanted the public to know that the rescue squad does have blankets and ready-to-eat meals available for emergencies involving extreme cold and/or power outages. He reminded everyone that there is usually a warming station set up at the Salyersville Fire Department when the temperature drops to near-zero, like last week, however, he noted that if the electricity is out in town, that will also affect the rescue squad and the fire department.

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