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Balloons May Be to Blame for Widespread Covington Power Outage

This story has been updated to reflect that power was back off for some parts of Covington even after the initial fix, and to include the news that the power outage went further south in the city than as previously reported.

Power was knocked out in a large part of Covington, affecting approximately 6,000 Duke Energy customers on Thursday afternoon - and Duke Energy told The River City News that a balloon may be to blame.

The outage affected traffic lights along the Madison/Scott/Greenup corridor, primarily south of 7th Street, but also at parts of 4th Street. According to Duke Energy's outage map, nearly 6,000 customers were affected, stretching from Licking Riverside in the north to 19th Street, Peaselburg,  and Wallace Woods in the south.

Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen said in a tweet that a balloon in the power lines may have been responsible.

In a follow up question, Thelen said the balloon incident happened around Riverside Drive.

Power was restored to most of the area at arond 5:15 p.m.

However, power was not restored or knocked back out for nearly 2,000 customers, primarily in downtown Covington, parts of Mainstrasse Village, and the Eastside until past 9 p.m.

Thelen said later in the evening that a piece of equipment went down at 7th Street and Madison Avenue, after it had been reenergized earlier. Multiple crews were sent to respond. Late Thursday afternoon, traffic was stopped on West Pike Street betwen Madison and Washington Street while Covington fire crews checked out the area.

According to the Duke Energy online outage map, power was fully restored to Covington customers at around 9:30 p.m.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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