GRETHEL – A windstorm moved through Eastern Kentucky last week causing trees and limbs to fall on power lines causing outages to hundreds of Floyd County AEP customers on Sunday. Residents in the Grethel Community of Floyd County were hit with raging winds that began at 3:30 p.m. and knocked over a power line that ignited causing a brush fire. Mud Creek Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire as AEP utility crews worked to establish power to customers.
The Weather Channel reported wind gusts up to 53 miles an hour moved through Eastern Kentucky Saturday evening, causing trees and limbs to fall on power lines.
AEP reported more than 100 separate outages were reported at the height of the wind storm, interrupting service to approximately 4,000 customers.
“The wind sounded like it was going to literally pick our trailer up and carry it away. Although that was scary, the most frightening part of the storm was the explosion of fire. All of a sudden it looked as if the field behind our house was on fire. Then the power pole linking electric to our home leaned forward allowing electric lines to rest on the roof of our porch. It was terrifying,” said Sharon Hamilton of Branhams Creek.
Six AEP employees responded along with three right of way and two flagger contract employees. David Sammons, Line Crew Supervisor assisted by Cody McKey, Line Mechanic, Austin Hall, Brandon Isom, and Dan Music lineman responded to the situation when servicer Harvey Martin surveyed the damage and requested assistance.
The crew worked diligently repairing lines to quickly return Grethel residents back to their normal Saturday night television lineup.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.