Utility crews battle effects of ice storm

By BETH CRACE, CHARLES PEARL and FRED LUCAS State Published:

It was the night the lights went out at Steak 'N Shake.

And Evergreen Road. And Farmdale. And Cloverdale. And various other locations throughout the countyy as Frankfort was hit by widespread power outages brought on by the ice storm that struck Central Kentucky late Saturday.

Sue Moore, a crew leader at Steak 'N Shake in Poplar Creek Plaza, said power went out in the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. About 10 tables were occupieed at the time of the outage, which lasted until approximately 9:15 p.m., Moore said.

"We all just sat here in a little huddle waiting for (the electricity) to come back on," said Moore, who was back at work this morning.

Poplar Creek was one of many areas of the city left without electricity over the weekend, according to Rodney Simpson, electric superintendent for the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board.

Simpson said plant board crews were put on standby at 11 p.m. Saturday. Outages began occurring between 4 and 5 a.m. Sunday at various locations throughout the utility's service area.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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