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article imageKentucky Ice Storm Aftermath, National Guard Going Door To Door

By KJ Mullins     Jan 31, 2009 in Environment
One by one the doors are knocked on seeking victims of Kentucky's ice storm. There is no electricity or fresh water for hundreds of thousands in the state. Many are like refugees seeking help at one of the many shelters throughout the state.
Governor Steve Beshear is uncertain when the lights will be back on for citizens. Ninety-one of the 120 counties in the state have declared emergencies. Six shelters in the state remain without power, some of those are nursing homes.
On Saturday 4,600 members of the National Guard went door to door distributing water, food and other supplies.
CNN reports:
Their first duty will be a door-to-door canvass of "every house in every county that has been affected by this disaster," Beshear said.
The storm hit Kentucky Tuesday and Wednesday. Trees are still drooping on Saturday from the weight of the ice.
There have been 21 deaths reported since the storm hit. Only seven of those though have been directly linked to the storm.
As darkness hit Saturday 437,000 people remained in the dark. The restoration of power has been fairly rapid from the 700,000 who were out of electricity immediately after the storm.
Water is another story. There are 93 water systems having trouble with 64 completely down.
Western Kentucky is in the worst shape. There have been virtually no communications with some areas for several days.
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