Ice storm Jan 09
Ice storm Jan 09Courtesy flickrized

Nearly 1 million still without power from ice storm

Imagine what you would do if you had no electricity, heat, or water for almost a week. Utility crews are trying to get power back on for nearly a million customers left without electricity by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states.

Lots of emergency aid is needed

American Red Cross said their organization had opened more than 34 shelters for some 2,000 people. One administrator is asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel because the elementary school cannot hold the 9000 needing shelter.

The storm that began in the Midwest had been blamed or suspected in at least 42 deaths, including 11 in Kentucky, nine in Arkansas, six each in Texas and Missouri, three in Virginia, two each in Oklahoma, Indiana and West Virginia and one in Ohio. Most were blamed on hypothermia, traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Another Katrina for FEMA?

Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has shipped 50 to 100 generators to the state to supply electricity to such facilities as hospitals, nursing homes and water treatment plants. Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.

Learn more about Jan 09 storm

Source article: Yahoo News
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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The National Guard is now helping storm victims in Kentucky.

Some 4,600 guardsmen fanned out across Kentucky to distribute food and water, remove fallen trees, go door-to-door in hard-hit areas and provide security in communities that have been evacuated. Associated Press via Google News

Authorities said it could be weeks before power was restored in some spots.

posted on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 11:43am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Here is a Sunday night video update about the ice storm in Kentucky.

posted on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I cant bileve that a real tornato hit your town

posted on Sun, 02/22/2009 - 1:03pm
Jordyn's picture
Jordyn says:

i love this exibit

posted on Sun, 02/22/2009 - 1:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont know what i would do if i had to go through such a disaster. ):

posted on Sun, 02/22/2009 - 3:14pm
Unone's picture
Unone says:

Wow! This story blue me away! I herd about this in the news and was really amazed that the storm would hit a lot of eastren states not Rocky mountain states.

posted on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 5:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was in the ice storm: Mayfield, Kentucky. It was awful. We didn't know if we would live or die in that moment.. Wow.

posted on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 10:30pm
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breanna:) says:

i...i...i thought i was gunna die. didnt have food, water, heat or anything for 3 weeks.... :(

posted on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 9:37pm

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