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Ice Storm in Kentucky

The East is “dusting off” from the storm that dropped snow from Alabama to Maine. The March lion has reared it’s head and we all hope things calm down so we can catch our breath. Bring on the lamb! You may recall the snow/ice storm that devastated Kentucky in January. A Maine friend now drives cross country actually went through the state and saw the devastation. He equated it to the Ice Storm of ’98 that crippled the Northeast. Karlla is a wonderful  corresponder who sent me this description of what it was like.
Geez! I thought we (Kentucky) had it bad in January when there was 6″ of heavy snow and then an ice storm came in on top of that with 40-50 miles hour winds. It was eerie hearing all the cracking of trees throughout the night. I was without power (here in Shelbyville) for 5 days and my house is total electric! My husband had to stay in Louisville so he could get back and forth to work at the hospital. I stayed behind to take care of all my animals here on the farm.

There were over 100,000 power lines and transformers out just in Louisville, with 650,000+ without power throughout the state of Kentucky. Some of the “backwoods” areas were without power for as long as 2 weeks! The National Guard was called in to walk those areas to check on people. Eight people died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to having generators inside their homes…sad.

The Red Cross had opened Shelters throughout the state. Louisville had three 24 hour Shelters and another 6 Warming Centers that ran from 6am to 6pm. One of the Shelters had over 300 people stay for 8 days. The city looked like a war zone…they hope to have all the tree debris cleaned up by Derby week.  Just a few little tidbits of how we handled a “dusting” of snow.

It doesn’t matter the amount of snow, it is the way the ice builds up on trees that can destroy a power grid in a city like Louisville or on a rural road. I salute the Red Cross, Salvation Army and local communities who are at their best when things are at it’s worst. The true heroes after any disaster are the men and women who put the power lines back in place. Can you imagine what is involved in tracking every line to every home and doing it in the worst weather conditions.

It is more than snow and ice. The devastation from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods is heart-wrenching. If you have a story to share on coping with the worst Mother Nature  has to offer, please send it along.  How did you deal with the loss of electricity, property damage and other obstacles?

5 comments

1 Ashley Todd { 10.04.09 at 1:57 am }

I understand what you guys are talking about. I’m from the Hopkins county area and we were hit worse than anybody. We were under a state of emergency for at least 2 weeks. It was horrible down here. We was without power for 17 days and we had no water, only kind of heat we had was kereosene heater and at the time the price of kereosene had jumped to be $6 a gallon. I’d say we spent about $1,000 during the strom. And what made it worse was I had a 1 year old and a 10 month old and no way to help keep them warm. But God got us through it and we are still here and trying to do anything and everything to help prepare us if it happens again.

2 tina { 04.09.09 at 3:01 pm }

we were one of those lucky ones too. we have a fireplace also and propane stove. Our neighbor cuts wood and sells it, so we had a big supply of wood too. We had no power for 10 days but we did have water and we could heat it up for bathing. we lost many trees on our property and some house plants because we only had heat in one room. that is where the kids and my mother in-law slept. As for my husband and I we slept in our room freezing at temps between 34-43 the last two days we lost our water because the pipes froze. it kept getting harder and harder. then yeah the electricity came back on but not before a transformer blew and burnt down a friends garage. But all the while the kids thought it was great playing games with the whole family and no school. they missed two weeks.

3 Rhonda { 04.06.09 at 1:06 pm }

I have tons of pictures from the January storm that I’d upload here if I could. I am in Richmond where we were hit pretty hard. I count my blessings everyday because I was one of the fortunate ones that have a fireplace. A lot of people that I know went through a hard few weeks with no power. We opened our home for those in need. In deed the state looked to be a war zone. People I talked to from the next county over never got snow, they said it was weird driving from their home where it looked like spring, then crossing the county line it looked like a blizzard.

4 Peter Geiger { 03.16.09 at 5:03 pm }

It is not unusual after a major winter or particularly bad storm, such as experienced in Kentucky in January for rumors to start flowing that there will be another one and that it will be worse than the first. I presume you are talking about the Kentucky area. If you to go to our website, http://www.farmersalmanac.com and click on weather and then the zone of the country you live, you will see exactly what we are saying. While we talk about snow and rain, we talk about warmer weather. It is very unlikely, and certainly not predicted by the Farmers’ Almanac, that you’ll get a storm like the one in January. The temperatures just won’t allow it.

5 LAURA dIETRICH { 03.16.09 at 4:34 pm }

Everyone is saying there is another ice storm coming predicted thru this almanac webite the end of march is this true and when? and how long will it last they are saying it will be worse then the last one.

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