This is the first chance I’ve had to update this blog in a week. As I write this, I am sitting at the National Guard Armory in Shelbyville awaiting orders for our mission to help in the aftermath of the 2009 winter storm.
Last Tuesday, a wintery mix weather system came through the area. The following night saw the addition of another ice and snow system which caused trees all over the region to snap and collapse, rendering more than 600,000 homes without power.
Shelters arose in response to households who as of this writing are still without electricity and heat. Today, Gov. Steve Beshear ordered the call up of all of Kentucky’s National Guardsmen, the largest call up to state active duty for some time.
With the assistance of out of state power crews, 100,000 homes in the central Kentucky area are back on-line with power.
In the meantime, there are many still without power to include both residences and businesses all over the region. I have had to put my business operations on hold because my car remains iced in at my house.
Throughout this crisis, everyone I’ve encountered have banded together to support one another. A big heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to those men and women serving with the American Red Cross, NAACP, and power crews who have labored extensively to provide a caring, helping hand to those of us who remain without power, heat, or water.
We are fortunate that the majority of the damage is environmental (as it pertains to down trees and limbs). On the surface, the damage is similar to what was seen months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, except that we are buried in snow and ice.
Pray for us as we continue to work toward stabilizing Kentucky.