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Storms cause power outages; LUB works to restore power

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By PETER SAWYER

 Thursday night, high winds blew down tree limbs, causing a fourth of LUB’s customers to be without power.

“Most of the damage was caused by the trees and tree limbs flying through the air,” LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said.

Wind broke the tree limbs down, causing the majority of the damage, but lightning did cause a few fuses to blow.

The storm hit around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

We had about 5,600 customers out, which is about 1/4 of the system,” Baird said.

About 45 LUB employees, including Baird, worked to restore power to customers. Everybody that was available was called to assist.

“They worked all night (Thursday) and until about 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Friday night,” Baird said.

One crew worked until about midnight.

By Friday night, LUB was able to restore power to almost all customers. There were some who needed repairs, and were still without power.

Employees completed cleanup work Saturday morning. 

“I’m really proud of all the hard work our folks do in these emergency situations,” Baird said. “They go the extra mile to restore the power.”

Tuesday

Another storm came through Tuesday morning, knocking out about six lines.

“We probably had about five or six outages last night,” said Lindon Shelton, Superintendent of Operations for the Electric Department.

This caused about 200 customers to be without power.

“We had everyone back on by about 6:30 a.m.,” Shelton said.

While Thursday’s storm brought winds that broke tree limbs and poles, Tuesday’s outages were caused by lightning, Shelton said.