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Governor Bevin and several local governments declare state of emergency

Governor Bevin and several local governments declare state of emergency

Bill Stephens

January 22nd, 2016

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EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WINTER STORM UPDATE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2016) – Governor Bevin has declared a State of Emergency in response to today’s winter storm which has impacted much of Kentucky.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) remain active monitoring the winter storm and coordinating the response.

In the release issued by Governor’s Bevin’s office, the governor stated, “My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing.”

Several Kentucky counties and cities have also declared local states of emergency. They are:

Counties: Adair, Anderson, Bath, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Carter, Clinton, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Hart, Hancock, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Lewis, Madison, Magoffin, Menifee, Martin, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Spencer, Trigg, Washington, Webster, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

Cities include: Albany, Berea, Camargo, Clay City, Cold Run Village, Grayson, Irvine, Jeffersonville, Lawrenceburg, Morehead, Mount Olive, Mount Sterling, Nicholasville, Olive Hill, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, Ravenna, Stanton and West Liberty.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has snow and ice crews activated in all 120 counties. Although road crews are giving special attention to priority routes to keep those roads as clear as possible, some are becoming clogged with stranded vehicles. Motorists are strongly encouraged to stay indoors and off the roads unless it is an emergency. This will allow road crews the space they need to operate and clear roads.

The Kentucky National Guard have more than 120 soldiers mobilized at this time to provide support to the Commonwealth with road clearing operations on state highways.

If you have an emergency please call 911.

All PUBLIC inquiries regarding the state response should be directed to (502) 607-6665.

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