Thousands without power

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By Robin Bass

Widespread power outages have left thousands in the county without electricity -- and many without means to cook or heat their homes. In response, local authorities opened an emergency shelter at Spencer County High School Wednesday afternoon to provide residents with a warm, safe place to go.

If residents can not get to the shelter, local authorities advised anyone in need to call Spencer Dispatch at 477-5533 and a ride will be provided. Currently 30 cots are available, but more could be obtained through the American Red Cross if needed.

While at the shelter, residents will have access to food and clean, drinking water. Those planning to stay at the shelter are asked to bring only personal hygene items, a blanket and a pillow.

In relation to power outages, the eastern portion of Spencer County was placed under a boil advisory Wednesday after a power failure shut down pump stations to a nearby water tower. The areas affected include Little Mount, Mt. Eden and Southville.

Residents in these areas are encouraged to bring water intended for cooking, drinking or toothbrushing to a rolling boil for one minute to kill any pathogens.

Local authorites reported Wednesday that there had been no weather-related accidents, fires or crimes.  Most calls to emergency personal were involving patients dependent of oxygen machines or for downed power lines.

For complete coverage, see this week's Spencer Magnet.