Parts of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) in Shelby County have been without power since Thursday, leaving all but two of the prison’s housing units without air conditioning.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Lisa Lamb says the outage is due to a main switch gear failure.
“We are working diligently to repair the system but due to its age and the availability of parts, the ETA on full repair is several days,” Lamb said, in an email to WFPL.
Generators are keeping the lights on at the facility, and visitation has been suspended until the power is restored.
This comes after a week of extreme heat in Kentucky, with heat advisories in effect most of the week, and temperatures up to 96 degrees on Thursday, when the outage began.
Bart Bomback’s wife is incarcerated at the KCIW.