Magoffin County Still Recovering From Ice Storm

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The captain of the Magoffin County Rescue Squad says this was the worst ice storm in his 34 years of service in the county. Even though the storm is over, many people are still feeling its effects.

Signs of the ice storm are still everywhere in Magoffin County. Judge Executive Dr. Charles Hardin says, "It's been rough. We had all this bad weather and it's knocked out a lot of electrical lines throughout the county, and our phone system, heating. So it's been a rough few days."

Paul Conley, the Magoffin County PIO says, "At one time, we were isolated from the rest of the world because of trees and power lines that were down."

Paul Conley says about half the people in the county are without power. Cold customers lined up by the dozens waiting for propane and kerosene tanks straight off the truck at this hardware store. Many people are worried about more than themselves.

Ernestine Williams has been without power since Tuesday and says, "I've got two deep freezers, and I just had a beef killed and I'm afraid I'm going to lose it."

Power is slowly returning across the county, but until Wednesday night even this True Value store was without power. "We've been without power for the past couple of days. We've been doing business with flashlights, doing it the old fashioned way," says Greg Conley with the local True Value.

The judge executive opened the community center as a shelter for anyone needing a warm place to stay. Paul Conley says this ice storm has taught city officials a lot.

He says, "Because of this incident here we will know a little bit better in the future what as to what we need to do and how we need to prepare and everything. But it's bad that it takes something like this to try to figure out what you need to do."

The shelter will stay open until everyone in the county has power restored.

The rescue squad is helping clear many roads, but they are warning people not to do it on their own. Some fallen branches are tangled in power lines and which could be a very dangerous situation for anyone other than the power company.

Power could be out until February 5th in Magoffin County.


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  • by marvin Location: salyersville on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    i went to the drunk tank and stayed warm heck with staying up a hollar with no power im a hill jack but cant take that now boys im the first to tell ya
  • by Karen on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    I see that Jimmy saw blue people over there, has anyone checked the dna?
  • by salyer Location: puncheon s of royalton on Jan 31, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    lights went out Tue 7pm,trees down all over the place,1 hit my car ,not bad. Lot of trees uprooted ,we had rain with this also.Lights came back on Friday 2:30am got the phones Saturday. Power on 2 miles of main road , the rest of the people don't have power,most have no heat.
  • by Kacie on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    It's a strange world.
  • by Wanda Basham Location: burning fork on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    I have never i my 54 years of life seen anything like this.We can just be thankful the weather wasn't as cold as what we experenced in the past few weeks.At laest we didn't have to worry to much about frozen or bust water lines.It was rought but thank god it could have been worse.
  • by Jimmy on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:14 AM
    I saw blue people.

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