Officials with the Department of Highways say the load was too big to handle on their own, and that is when they called on The National Guard for help.
This group of soldiers left Jackson to help clear roads in Magoffin and Morgan Counties, where many roads are still covered with trees and branches snapped off during the ice storm.
Sergeant Scott Feltner says, "Just trying to help the communities out so they can get in and out. A lot of communities are blocked in because of all the trees that have fallen."
Sgt. Feltner says there is more damage in the northern part of the region and that is where they are focusing their help. He says The National Guard is always ready to pitch in. "Not only do we do things in other countries, The National Guard, we like to do things here in the community also."
The Department of Highways is also working around the clock to clear roads and cut down trees. The last time The National Guard was called in for this kind of help was after the ice storm of 2003. Sergeant Feltner says they will be out helping highway officials as long as they need the assistance.