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Power outage cripples Danville

August 01, 2003

By REBECCA NEAL

Staff Writer

Computer screens went black and local businesses were in the dark this morning as nearly 2200 people in Danville were without power.

"We know it's South Main down through the end of town," said James Turner, director of communications for the Danville Police.

Traffic lights were out on Hustonville Road and other roads across town, and police were out directing traffic.

Workmen were at the Kentucky Utilities substation trying to figure out what happened, said Cliff Feltham, a public relations specialist with KU in Lexington.The power load from the defective substation on Hustonville Road was shifted to another one until repairs can be made.Meanwhile, local businesses are just trying to keep things going.

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"We've had some flashing lights but no real outage," said Janet Parker, a cashier at Cracker Barrel.

Farmer's Bank on West Main Street didn't fare as well. "We were completely out from the computers to the main switchboards, just everything," said Judy Clark, an executive secretary for the bank. She said they were lucky that the outage occurred before the bank opened.

"The branches could still open on time but they couldn't access information databases here," Clark said.

Inter-County Energy RECC did not report any power outages.

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center lost power, too, but was able to operate from a backup generator.|8/1/03***

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