Monday, February 2, 2009

Kentucky ice storm called worst in history

Disaster News Network: It's being called the worst natural disaster in Kentucky's recent history and emergency officials warn it may be more that a week before all of the power is restored following January's ice storm which has also crippled parts of Tennessee and Arkansas. Weather forecasters Monday were predicting strong winds and warning that even more trees and power lines may be knocked down.

While electrical power remains off to as many as 138,000 residents, faith-based organizations are gearing up assist from providing shelters to helping clearn up. In Paris, both the First Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches set up shelters last week while in Puryear, TN, members of the First Baptist Ministry and emergency responders worked to clear trees and brush brought down by the storm.

Many of the people staying in Tennessee shelters had driven from their homes in Kentucky.

…Calling the storm "the biggest natural disaster this state has ever experiences in modern history," Kentucky's Gov. Steve Beshear called up members of the state's National Guard to help residents in the hardest hit areas of the state. The storm has been blamed for at least seven deaths in the state….

The north fork of the Licking River in Kentucky, shot by ChristopherM, Wikimedia Commons, under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

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