By ALAN REED
News Staff Reporter
DANVILLE — Some Knox County residents were feeling the extremely cold temperatures even more this morning as a power outage with American Electric Power initially had 2,700 customers without power in the Danville area.
The cause of the outage was a wire that went down from a broken pole at 12:50 a.m. AEP crews responded to the scene to get power restored, with 882 customers still reportedly without power at 8 o’clock this morning. Power was expected to be restored around 9 a.m.
Danville Local Schools Superintendent Dan Harper told the News that the Danville Elementary School cafeteria was opened at 5 this morning. The school is utilizing a backup generator to provide heat in the cafeteria while power is out in the area. Harper encouraged any local resident currently without power to come to the cafeteria and get warmed up if the power outage continues.
The Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross has also agreed to open additional warming shelters if further assistance is needed.