As a result, many Hopkins County residents contacted iSurf News with questions concerning the incident. With individual reports of the outage coming in from Dawson Springs, Nortonville, portions of Muhlenberg County, such as Bremen, and beyond, it became apparent that the incident was widespread in its effects.

In addition to speaking with Madisonville Electric Department’s Superintendent, Jim Asbury, who confirmed that the outage affected most of the customers in Madisonville and beyond, iSurf News was also contacted by a member of Kentucky Utilities (KU) in Lexington, Cliff Feltham, who offered us his reasoning behind the fluctuation.

“We are not sure what caused the momentary outage yesterday morning but we did have a breaker switch shut off in one of our substations near our KU office in Earlington,” said Feltham. “The system worked like it was supposed to and momentarily shut down other substations, since there was a fault—something that caused the outage—on our line. We were able to re-set the substations quickly and get everyone restored. We checked our lines most of the afternoon and haven’t found the specific cause for the original outage, but that’s not unusual.”

As Feltham explained, “There are many times when something happens on our lines like a bird flying in to them, or something like that, that causes an outage but we never are able to determine exactly what happened because they aren’t around anymore. So, that may be the case in this outage.”

Overall, from Fletham and Asbury’s reports, the incident seems to have been a singular mishap, yet it is possible that something like this may occur again due to the uncertainty of wildlife interference. However, there is little that can be done to keep birds and other animals from tampering with electrical lines.

Luke Short
iSurf News  



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