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Mudslide Uproots Tree, Knocks Out Power To Hundreds In Eastern Ky.

Posted at 6:16 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 06:25:52-04

(LEX 18)– Tuesday morning, more than 400 households–around 900 people–were without power for 15 hours in Laurel and Clay counties, thanks to a mudslide that uprooted a tree.

It happened Monday on Kentucky Highway 472 in London.

Just before 10:30 p.m. the internet and TV started to go in and out at Brittany Nason’s home. Her mother decided to go outside to see what was going on.

“She said that she saw sparks and that’s why we all come out because she said that there was a fire out here,” said Nason. “And we come out and we couldn’t see anything. It was just pitch black. And my dad got a flash light and started looking around noticed all the power lines was out.”

A tree had uprooted due to the ground being heavily saturated.; this caused the tree to split three ways, hitting the power lines and TV cable lines.

“We saw a car coming around the curve and we started screaming and he went to stop and just slid sideways into the tree that was in the middle of the road.”

The man was safely removed from his car and the road was back open early Tuesday morning.

By 1 a.m., crews with Jackson Energy had restored more than 400 households’ power.

Power was restored to all the households around 1 p.m.

Nason said her family was very thankful when the power was finally restored because her mother was on her last tank of oxygen. An experience she hopes to never encounter again.