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FEMA Director Visits Kentucky After Storm

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - FEMA's top official traveled by
helicopter Wednesday to a part of western Kentucky where residents
are struggling without power after a deadly ice storm.

Acting FEMA director Nancy Ward toured some country roads in
Grayson County where tree branches felled by last week's ice storm
lined the roads. Many rural roads have been cleared but residents
are still dealing with freezing temperatures.

The storm has been blamed for 27 deaths in Kentucky and the
National Guard is out in full force helping in the recovery.

Ward met with local officials and heard concerns including the
need for fuel for generators and heaters.

Ward spoke with O'Neill Lawrence, a Grayson County resident who
has been relying on a wood-burning fireplace to heat his home.
Lawrence told Ward he has been told he could be without power for
up to six weeks.

Ward was meeting with state officials later Wednesday in
Frankfort.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ward spoke with O'Neill Lawrence, a Grayson County resident who has been relying on a wood-burning fireplace to heat his home. Lawrence told Ward he has been told he could be without power for
up to six weeks.

Ward was meeting with state officials later Wednesday in Frankfort.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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