Two power outages leave hundreds in dark

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By John Shindlebower


Separate power outages impacted two large portions of Spencer County late last week and this weekend, the first of which forced the early closure of city and county government offices and several businesses on Main Street.
The lights went out on Main Street on Friday, just after noon, created by a broken utility pole on Elk Creek Road near White Oak Drive.
A Kentucky Utilities spokesperson said the damage was likely due to damage from severe storms that rolled through Spencer County the day before. High winds caused damage to trees on Thursday, and is the suspected culprit for damaging the pole that eventually snapped the next day.
KU said about 800 customers were impacted by the first outage, which included most of the downtown Main Street area. It appeared that power was out all along Main Street and up Taylorsville Road to the high school.
The outage forced courthouse offices to shut down, and it also impacted Taylorsville City Hall, the public library, and a number of businesses in Taylorsville. Repair crews were on the scene within an hour after the outage and power for most was restored later that afternoon.
On Saturday night, the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department worked a one-vehicle accident involving a utility pole on Normandy Road. The accident resulted in power being disrupted in sections of Normandy Road and in the Elk Creek area, impacting more than 400 customers shortly after midnight. Power remained out for some customers for several hours.