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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  • by kari Location: Floyd County on Feb 5, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    To Hhha ha: No, I don't work for the county, but I see them out there every day on my way to work and I know what they do. What about you? Do you have a job? Or are those county workers paying for you to draw a check every month? I noticed you didn't answer that question before. What's the matter? Truth hurt?
  • by Hhha ha Location: floyd county on Feb 4, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    To Kari, you must be one of these people who work {or hide from it} for the road dept. The truth hurts don't it?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    I would like to thank the Floyd county road dept.The roads in my area has been salted and scrapped often,heck back years ago snow like we've got the last couple of days had to melt off in the more secluded areas
  • by JJ Location: Floyd County on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    I think the boys are doing a wonderful job. they are very hard workers. they risk there lives to get people to there homes and help getting the trees cleared. I agree that sometimes they may stand at the bed of a truck but it is not very often that they do get to take a break.when they do get one they take it just like anyone else does when they work. Just want to let all of the road department know that you are doing a great job and there are people that care about you.
  • by kari Location: Floyd County on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    In response to HHHa ha: Do you know what "real work" is? Or are you one of those people who draw a check every month without ever having worked a day in your life? Don't criticize about the road crews who are out there in all kinds of weather working their butts off while people like you stand around and complain.
  • by ashley Location: mount sterling on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    I know it seems like these people don't do any work most of the time but give them a break! They are working as hard as they can to keep the roads clear. With the economy the way it is, it's a wonder that they have these people out there at all. I just pray that these workers trying to clean up our roads are safe! Also, some places are worse than others and they are having to spend more time on these roads than the rest. This kind of work takes time and patience. As long as you have a roof over your head and food and water, then you should happy.
  • by HHHa ha Location: floyd county on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    They are not use to doing work and its killing them! Real work is not like standing around the bed of a truck.
  • by Ann Location: Eastern Kentucky on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    It would seem to that with such a crisis happening all over the state that we are overlooking a HUGE resource pool of labor, inmates.Kentucky has plenty of dead beats in jail getting a FREE ride off tax payers.....send them out to help clean up this mess!!!! Have all those dead beat daddies rounded up and put them on a CHAIN GANG.........IT WOULD DO THE ENTIRE REGION GOOD.

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