Power restored to thousands in western Franklin County

Issue at Bridgeport substation

By Ryan Quinn Published:

Thousands of Blue Grass Energy customers have had power restored after an outage this morning.

Almost 3,100 lost power in western Franklin County and 340 in Anderson County around 8 a.m. Monday, as temperatures dipped below zero. The power was restored around 10:45 a.m.

Denise Myers, energy solutions manager for Blue Grass Energy, cited an unspecified issue at the Bridgeport substation with the East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s equipment. Blue Grass and 15 other entities own the cooperative.

Frankfort/Franklin County Deputy Emergency Management Director Jeff Fogg said a warming shelter is now open at Western Hills High School. The shelter will stay open until 5 p.m. and reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m., according to Frankfort/Franklin County Emergency Managment.

The power loss also knocked out Frankfort Plant Board Cable/Telecom service. Cable/Telecom Superintendent John Higginbotham said approximately 1,000 FPB customers were affected. Their services are being restored as the power comes back, he said.

“Without power, our equipment won’t work,” Higginbotham said.

FPB’s Twitter account stated that the outages affected the following areas: The Reserve at Benson, Evergreen, South Cardwell Lane, South Benson, Brentlawn, Green Wilson, Farmers Lane, Adams Lane, Bald Knob and Dry Ridge.

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  • user_36723..Seriously?  It's like way below freezing outside.  Put your food outside and it won't thaw.  C'mon man...

  • We have been BG&E customers for 13 years now. This power outage comes as NO SHOCK to us. Everytime the temp drops, lightning strikes, wind blows or some other "calamity" occurs we lose power. Nobody loves BGE. Unfortunately, we have no choice. Just glad it came back on before the house got too cold or we lost all the food in the freezer (again).

  • Sometimes when there is no power outages our cable is out !