Snow, sleet and freezing rain Tuesday cut power to thousands in Kentucky and northern Tennessee, bending trees to the ground, closing schools and piling up faster than road crews could clear.
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#181 Jan 31, 2009
My daughter was back at the La Center (Ballard Co) house to pick up things and was able to call. No power in that area and none expected for up to 30 days. They are at the National Guard Armory in Paducah as a shelter for now.
#183 Jan 31, 2009
McCracken Co. Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Mayor Bill Paxton conducted a EOC briefing at 10:00 this morning. Here is a summary. It may help in assessing the impact of this emergency.
1. Judge Newberry - Gov. Beshear is flying to Mayfield today. Graves County and the four river counties (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman) have been hit hard. May be 30 days until power is restored in these counties.
This morning, Gov. Beshear directed Maj. Gen. Ed Tonini, KY Adjutant General, to activate every National Guard soldier in the state including recruiters. This is unprecedented. Over 4,600 troops are now dedicated to disaster active duty in KY. Approximately, 100 soldiers are in McCracken Co. and assigned to all county fire depts and to the shelter at the new Armed Forces Readiness Center (AFRC) at Barkley Airport.
2. Jamie Locke, Mercy Regional EMS - The shelter at New Covenant Church at 1200 Jefferson St. is being closed due to health concerns. The 228 shelterees
are being moved to the AFRC shelter. The AFRC shelter will eventually have 500 people. Mercy will stage two ambulances at AFRC. Locke has requested three
ambulance strike teams (five ambulances with two paramedics/EMTs each) through the federal mutual aid program to supplement Mercy's capability. So far, one EMS strike team has arrived.
3. Mayor Paxton - He has ordered a 11:00 pm curfew within the city limits. The county will enforce the same curfew. Exempted personnel are emergency workers,
employees traveling to or from work, and medical workers. Alcohol sales must cease at 10:30 p.m. Trash pickup is now back in operation for city residents.
4. Glen Anderson, Paducah Water Works - Operations are normal. The Reidland water tower supply has now built up and fire protection capability is adequate.
5. Joint Sewer Agency - 41 0f 72 pumping facilities are operating.
6. Greg Ramage, Atmos Gas - No outages.
7. Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice - Kersene is available at three gas stations.
8. Chief Sandy Joslyn, Paducah Police Dept.- Police are making sheltertransports and checking on people. Some traffic signals are still out. Worked a few civil disturbances last night but no burgalries.
9. Sheriff Jon Hayden - AFRC shelter is a very difficult situation with ill and aged people. Need medical volunteers there. Animan wardens will help with pets. Call two seven zero - five one nine - zero three five five. Shelterees cannot take pets to the shelter. County residents are now helping clear debris with chainsaws. Working on getting chainsaws out of the FEDEX building. FEDEX is closed due to no power but an emergency shipment of chainsaws is in their facility.
#184 Jan 31, 2009
10. Captain Brad Copas, KY Army National Guard, 623rd, Glasgow, KY - Has placed four soldiers with each county fire dept. to assist with clearing roads. Has two combat medics at the AFRC shelter. Other troops are helping with logistics. Five FEMA semis arrived at the AFRC shelter.
11. Andrea Underwood, Paducah Power System - Had to put an emergency pole in the median near I-24 mile marker 11. This was an extraordinary measure to ensure the stability of a transmission line. About 2/3's of PPS
customers have power but the last 1/3 will be restored very slowly. People see their neighbors getting power and are asking when they will get it. PPS needs more bucket trucks and needs more security on their mutual aid equipment. Customers should not attempt to move any PPS lines or limbs off of lines. Underwood said this power crisis "is far from over."
12. Kelly Nuckolls, JP Energy - Has 500 to 1,000 poles down in Graves Co. Livingston and Marshall Cos. in bad shape. Now has off-road vehicles that were procured by the EOC.
13. Bonnie Shrock, Western Baptist Hospital - Normal operations. At capacity. Patient flow improved. Sending physician (Dr. Conyers) to shelter to assess medical needs. Prime Care Center is operating today and overwhelmed.
14. WKYQ-FM - Generators are now running at the station and transmitter. They are on the air.
15. Paducah School System, Dr. Randy Greene - Lines down behind Clark Elementary & PTHS. Will open schools on Wednesday subject to concurrence from public officials. Need to get students back into a routine if possible. Will make a dry run on bus routes on Monday
16. Fuel - Officials keep emphasizing we do not have a supply problem but we have a distribution problem. Midwest Terminal and Transmontaigne have a lot of fuel but there are still several stations with power off.
17. FEMA officials are supposed to be in Paducah this afternoon and will meet with Judge Newberry on available assistance.
#185 Jan 31, 2009
sorry, that first post did not show up when I sent it, so I thought it was lost and reposted.
#186 Jan 31, 2009
Thanks for posting that. I missed it. I think that is where my daughter is at. (AFRC)
#187 Jan 31, 2009
We used to live on N. 37th ST. Have just recently move to MS. Still have daughters and other family there. They are okay, staying in Reidland area; have gas FP's and gas wather heater. But still no power there, or on Monroe where my daughters live.
Since: Jan 09
#188 Feb 1, 2009
thank you for the update!! We've been waiting to hear about the school situation, having been unable to get to the school website.
#189 Feb 1, 2009
Last night I posted on the thread which starts
"After ice storm cuts power". As I said on that
thread there was such a difference in the tone.
On this one people were just trying to help
others with information about their loved ones.
On the other there were some nice comments but
there were also people fussing and complaining
and posting slurs against others.
I just want to say that I appreciate all of those
who are out there trying to make things better.
In any situation we see people who want take
action to make things better and we see people
who sit around and complain.
I appreciate those people who are still doing
their jobs under difficult conditions. My
mother is in a Salem Ky nursing home which
has not had power since the storm hit. For
several days there was no water. The nurses
aides were having to carry 5 gal buckets of
water to flush the toilets. Nurses aide have
a lot to deal with on ordinary days, I would
imagine they are really stressed now.
I would just like to say thank you to all
those who are going above and beyond. I
also appreciate those who keep message boards
going with nice conversation and don't use
them for verbal attacks. My dad always taught
me that if you don't have something nice to
say, don't say nothing.
#190 Feb 1, 2009
Well said! I checked out that site and was so totally appauled by the comments there that I was tempted to reply back and tell them what I thought. I counted to 10 instead and realized that those are people that can't be reasoned with. They get some kind of pleasure from the hateful and mean spirited things that they say. I hope they stay where they are....
You good people here and those of you out there doing good works are the best face of America. You give me hope.
#191 Feb 2, 2009
Still no contact with my friends in Paducah. Damn this really is giving me a bad feeling.
All the best there for all of you I wish I can help
#192 Feb 2, 2009
I have friends who live in Gilbertsville, close to Moors Marina - in fact on the road that leads directly to the marina - any word on the power situation there? Cell phones? Land lines? Any thought as to when they may have power?? Just worried...
#193 Feb 2, 2009
Have you tried a letter? The mail is getting through in Calloway Co.
#194 Feb 2, 2009
Just looking for information a little quicker than snail mail -
#195 Feb 2, 2009
My parents live near there and are being toldnot to expect power for 3-4weeks. Most phones seem to be working again...but with no power they have to have a non cordless phone in order to us it. There are many stores open now in Benton ad Draffenville so at least everyone there can get food and supplies!
#196 Feb 3, 2009
Thank you for the update! That helps!!
#197 Feb 3, 2009
I heard from my son and his family Friday night.
He said his apt stayed 65 for days. said it was strange. I said a lot of prayers were going their way. Maybe not so strange. they had power when I talked to him last. He said he watched it all.and it was like a war zone. sounds and explosions. My little grandson was only excited because his cousin came to play with him. lot of people helping who they could. It restored my feelings about people.
I agree with lot of people complaining and such but this place gave me hope and reassured me when all looked bleak. Thank you all, I hope the best for everyone. It is not over yet. keep hope.
#198 Feb 3, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this time. My brother and many other crews from this area (London, Ky) are on their way out there. They have been working almost around the clock to get power restored in areas North of London. It helps to know that people appreciate and respect these men as they leave their families to help others. They have a hard and dangerous job. God bless these workers, families, communities, and all those affected by this ice storm as they work together to help each other.
#199 Feb 3, 2009
I have friends near Concord Elementary. Does anyone know if there is power there? I have not been able to get in touch. Thank you and good luck to everyone. We only have Hurricanes here, I can't imagine what you are going through!!
#200 Feb 6, 2009
I am trying to locate a friend who I haven't heard from in 10 days, since the 27th and the beginning of the ice storm. She is from Owensboro. Does anyone have information about this area and power outages? Shelters and so forth?
Please advise, thank you..
#201 Feb 6, 2009
The cracking,popping,banging and exploding lasted for days. Trees fell on houses. The house we were in every 5 min. a big limb would bang on the roof then slide down on the ground or in the driveway. The driveway every morning had to be cleared of branches just to get out of it. Everywhere you looked looked like nuclear freeze.There was a curfew and you couldnt be out after dark or youd be ticketed. Everyone lined up for miles at any gas station that was opened and waited hours to get gas. Then on the third or forth night (half the time I could remember the day) there was this really erie thick mist and you could hardly see in front of your face. My family is now on day 10 without power and we are spending every last dime we have just to stay warm and eat. Ill be so grateful when all this is over and we can go back to normal.
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