LG&E has nearly 2,000 working to restore power

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Louisville-area utility has a record high number of crew members working to restore power to homes and businesses left without power since hurricane-force winds battered Kentucky on Sunday.

Louisville Gas & Electric spokesman Chip Keeling says fewer than 129,000 customers are without power Thursday morning. That's down from a peak of 301,000 customers who were in the dark Sunday.

Keeling says the number of outages for Kentucky Utilities is down to 6,000 customers.

He says more than 1,800 crew members are pitching in to restore power to LG&E customers. He calls that the biggest contingent of workers in the utility's history to deal with a single storm.

Keeling says the work force includes more than 1,000 utility workers from at least a dozen states. Those workers have come from as far away as Kansas and Florida.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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