Last updated: February 17. 2014 10:18AM - 781 Views
Gwendolyn Holliday Staff Reporter gjoseph@civitasmedia.com

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HAZARD—Local high school students started off their Valentine’s Day with an unpleasant surprise after arriving at school where there was no power or heat to at least half of the building.

Superintendent Sandra Johnson confirmed that Hazard High School was without both power and heat in half of the building for over an hour Friday morning.

“It’s in the process of being fixed. Their bell hasn’t even rang yet,” Johnson said Friday morning.

The Hazard Independent School District was on a two hour delay Friday morning due to icy road conditions caused by the most recent bout of wintry weather, which dropped nearly 7 inches of snow in some parts of the county Wednesday night and into Thursday. Johnson said the outage, which was not on site at the high school but was at a power line by Long John Silver’s Restaurant, was reported to the power company at 8 a.m. but had not been fixed before students began to arrive at school.

“We would not keep them there and let them freeze,” Johnson said when asked what would happen if the problem was not remedied quickly.

Ronn Robinson with Kentucky Power said the issue with the high school was fixed just before 10:30 a.m., and students should have heat and power the rest of the day.

“We didn’t find anything wrong. The line wasn’t down. So, what must have happened was something must have come in contact with that phase there, a branch or something must have fell off,” he said.

Robinson explained that the problem was not necessarily weather related, and this kind of issue could happen at anytime in the year if something falls on the phase and trips it.

“It could happen any day, like on a clear weather day,” he said.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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