Johnson Co. cleanup efforts continue

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The hardest hit areas of Johnson County appear to be around Hager Hill, West Van Lear, and Denver. Crews were out in those areas Monday trying to restore power to those people as quickly as possible.

It has been said repeatedly:
"I would have never dreamed anything like this. Never would have dreamed it could happen like this," said David Robinson of Big Sandy Rural Electric in Paintsville.

The people of Johnson County are in disbelief after Friday's storms ripped through their communities.

"It breaks your heart. It's really sad too, you know. These are our friends and neighbors," said Robinson.

The storms showed no mercy as they moved through Denver. Mangled pieces of metal are wrapped around poles. Rubble that used to be homes litters the ground. Power lines are draped across roads and downed trees.

Now crews are working hard to restore power to those who still have homes.

"We really want to get it on for people because I go home every night to a good warm house, and my electric is on. These people, they're not. They're cold and probably hungry," said Robinson.

People in Johnson County are banding together to help their friends and neighbors. Many people are bringing donated items to Highland Elementary School. They say it's wonderful to see the support for those in need.

"Showing their support of these people. Again, it just shows what an outstanding county we have here in Johnson County," said Johnson County Superintendent Steve Trimble.

Power crews say they are not sure exactly how long it is going to take to get power back up, but they hope to have it done as soon as possible.

Another way people can help in johnson county is by donating blood. Several area hospitals are in need. Johnson Central High School will hold a blood drive tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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