A combination of difficult drilling conditions and poor weather has shifted a planned power outage affecting approximately 700 Duke Energy customers in Jefferson and Jennings counties from Friday to Saturday.

The outage, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will primarily impact customers in the areas of Commiskey, Deputy and Paris Crossing, and is necessary in order to safely replace electrical infrastructure that was damaged in an earlier vehicle accident in the area.

“During preparatory work in order to position new utility poles, we ran into problems drilling through rock in the area and were hampered by the weather on Thursday. We plan to continue drilling on Friday and now plan the outage for the alternate date of Saturday, Oct. 17,” said Lisa Huber, Duke Energy’s regional government and community relations manager. “We apologize for this inconvenience. We know a loss of power can be disruptive, but we need to perform repairs to safely replace electrical infrastructure that was damaged in an earlier vehicle accident in the area. We will do the work as quickly as we can in order to reduce the amount of time customers are out of service.

If customers have questions, they can call the Customer Care Center at 800-521-2232.