Flooding forces power companies to turn off electricity

PADUCAH– Flooding throughout west Kentucky has forced some electric companies to turn off the lights.

A spokeswoman from the Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. told us they removed electric meters and disconnected service from local homes that are flooded. Ashley Turner said this is because it is unsafe for a flooded home to receive electric service. She said as soon as floodwaters recede and the home is safe, JPEC plans to restore the meters and service.

JPEC is also encouraging people to report any potential trouble like a flooded home or downed power line by calling 270-442-7321 or 800-633-4044. 

We also reached out to Paducah Power System. They say they haven’t pulled any residential meters, but they disconnected lighting on the riverside of Paducah’s floodwall. Spokeswoman Andrea Underwood also said a crew pulled a commercial meter at Lynn McCutcheon’s shooting range because of flooding.

To report an emergency involving electricity with Paducah Power Service, call 270-575-4000.