Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON – A power outage affecting over half of the customers of West Kentucky Rural Electric in Marshall County Sunday night was caused when a snake climbed into equipment at the utility’s Benton substation on Highway 408.
The outage began at around 8:15 Sunday evening and knocked out power to 7,021 of the utility’s 11, 448 Marshall County customers.
According to Jamie Sears, marketing and public relations director with WKRECC, power to all but 300 of those customers was restored within about an hour. Three hundred others along Big Bear Highway did not have power restored until around 1:00 a.m.
“When we got the substation reenergized we had an issue with a line on Big Bear when a piece of equipment malfunctioned,” said Sears. “This resulted in about 300 of our customers along that road and in the Moors area being without power for several hours while it was repaired.”
Sears said it is not uncommon for animals and snakes to crawl into equipment and cause problems. “The equipment is warm and quite often we see this happen. We are happy we could quickly restore the power to those customers who were impacted.”