Power outages to all of Berea early Thursday morning were likely caused by a Kentucky Utilities insulator problem somewhere in the Lake Reba area, according to Kevin Howard, Berea Municipal Utilities operations manager.

The local distributor is supplied by Kentucky Utilities, Howard explained.

BMU began receiving calls around 3:30 a.m. about low voltage, and eventually shut off power for all – approximately 5,200 – customers to protect equipment, Howard said.

The outage prompted the Berea Community Schools, Madison County Schools and Berea College to delay opening by two hours.

Kentucky Utilities “made the repairs and got power back to us shortly before 8:30 a.m. Then we began bringing our customers back on,” Howard said.

Berea transformers serving more than 2,000 customers sustained damage from the low voltage, prolonging a complete return of power until 10:30 a.m., Howard said.

The city suffered another outage for 10 minutes just before all power was restored, he added.

“We still haven’t gotten a clear answer about what happened, just that it was an insulator problem that caused them to lose what was feeding us,” Howard said. “We realize that it was a big inconvenience. We were on this early and got our customers turned back on as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.”

Reach Machaela Ballard at mballard@richmondregister.com or at 624-6623.

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