Martin County Officials Say Restoring Power Could Take Up To 10 Days

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Martin County officials say it may take eight to 10 days to restore power to everyone there.

Phone service is also down in most of the county, so crews are going door to door checking on people and offering help.

Volunteers at the Martin County Senior Citizens Center are cooking hot meals for everyone who does not have power, while crews are trying to find people who need it.

Lee Gauze and others are going door to door in Martin County, checking on people who do not have power after the ice storm.

“Make sure everybody is okay and make sure everyone does have something to eat,” Lee Gauze said.

Kim Welch and her son Cody are just a few they found who needed help.

They did not know help was available.

“No radio, no TV, no way of knowing anything outside,” Welch said.

Crews took them to the shelter to warm-up and eat a hot meal.

So far, church volunteers have prepared 400 meals and given out 1,200 gallons of water.

Crews are handing them out during the door to door welfare checks.

“To see them smile with a hot meal and to see that someone cares, it makes a difference in their lives. It gives them hope and encouragement during a time that's brought disaster to them,” Pastor Albert Hughes said.

Volunteers say they will do whatever takes, to knock on every door.

“Volunteers say they will keep cooking and delivering meals until all the power is back on.


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  • by wildbill Location: east ky. on Feb 2, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    to david mitch and jim could care less about east ky.and it's working people and the poor and needy.
  • by Anonymous Location: KENTUCKY on Feb 1, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    Would someone go check on "concerned"... she has no power and children and elderly living with her but she can post on the internet?? This one has me confused!!
  • by concerned about Beauty Location: Beauty , Ky on Feb 1, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    we live over here in beauty, and as of today, there has not been anyone to call or come and check,to see if we are ok,we have children,senior citzen,s,here to. Idid not know of the boil water advisery,until today as I watched CNN where is the help Mr Gauze is talking about,I know this a big county but we have in all I think fourteen volinter,Deputy,s and our firemen are weary so I ask again where is this help or concern thank you . and we are alright,
  • by JMAN Location: EKY on Feb 1, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    David, you are an idiot with too much time on your hands. Hang in there everyone
  • by Teresa Location: Lexington on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    I live in Lexington, and we have had a rough time of it here. But, I am from Eastern KY. I try to stay aware of the conditions there. My prayers are with all of you. Take care.
  • by Kyle Location: inez on Jan 31, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    is there any school for martin county on monday or tuesday
  • by Susan Location: Floyd Co. on Jan 31, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    I am a teacher at Sheldon Clark High School, but I live in Floyd County. I have been worried about everyone in this area, but I really worry about my students and their families. Everyone hang in there and be safe.
  • by David on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    Call Mitch and Bunning, they're sure to help.(lol)

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