Montgomery County inmates clean up debris from ice storm

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MT. STERLING, Ky. (WKYT) - The signs from this week's ice storm still remain in Montgomery County. Inmates from the county jail are doing their part to pick up debris.

On Tuesday night, crews worked from 10 p.m. to 8:30 the next morning. They stopped when all of the county and state roads were cleared.

Thursday, there was still work to do. The Inmate Storm Response Team removed limbs from ditches to prevent flooding.

Jailer Eric Jones says the team is made of non-violent offenders.

"Most of them are low level drugs, child support, shoplifting, things like that," explained Jones.

The program benefits everyone. The county saves money from not having to hire somebody to do the work and the inmates get a little money and time off their sentence.

Jones says the program started two years ago after a tornado touched down in the area, and crews were needed for cleanup. Ever since, eligible inmates have been trained to handle cleanup jobs.

"This gives them an opportunity to give back in a way that's positive," said Jones.

All of the wood collected will be donated to people that need firewood.

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