Exhausted Road Crews Hoping For Help

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

More winter weather could greatly hamper clean-up efforts in Eastern Kentucky.

Crews in Floyd County are hoping to get some help from the National Guard.

Road crews in Floyd County have working 12-16 hour weeks for the last week. The work is slow and painstaking.

"With these trees, you can't be too safe because you cut one and the one behind it may be the one that falls on top of you," said road crew leader Tommy Lackey.

A similar situation already played out in Magoffin County. The accident left a fire chief recovering from a punctured lung and fractured ribs.

"That's basically what happened. He was removing one tree and another one slung around and hit him in the back," said Salyersville Fire Chief Paul Howard.

Floyd County Judge Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall is worried about his crews. He hopes to see them working alongside the National Guard soon.

"Our men our virtually exhausted at this point, having to work day and night," said Marshall.

They are making progress, but Lackey says it could be another three to four weeks if they don't see any help.

"We could probably get it done in two weeks if we had some additional help," added Lackey.

"I know patience are running thin, but we're trying and doing everything we can and in our power to do so," added Marshall.

The thought of more snow or ice just makes matters worse.

Judge Marshall says he's awaiting final word from the National Guard on whether help is coming to Floyd County.

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