Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher surveys damage caused by tornadoes in Western Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Sunday, November 06, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Governor travels to Hart, Crittenden County; monitoring damage in Henderson  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Adjutant General Donald Storm traveled to parts of Western Kentucky today to access damage caused by tornadoes that moved through the commonwealth early Sunday.   

“It is only by the grace of God that no Kentuckian lost their life from these destructive storms,” said Governor Fletcher.  “As Governor I pledge our state will take what steps it can to help those who lost their home or business recover as quickly as we can.” 

Governor Fletcher and General Storm surveyed damaged caused by a tornado in Hart County that destroyed or heavily damaged historic homes and businesses in and around Munfordville.  While in Hart County Governor Fletcher met with families affected by the storm and emergency officials.  

Governor Fletcher also surveyed storm damage in Crittenden County and stayed in contact with local officials in Henderson County about damage there caused by a tornado that cut a path of destruction through Kentucky and Indiana. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Operations Center reports that US 31W in Hart County will remain CLOSED to traffic at least through tonight because of downed power lines and tress in the roadway.  Crews from the Department of Highways District 4 office are working to remove debris from area highways. 

The Kentucky National Guard will dispatch troops to join patrols by Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and local law enforcement officers in Hart County.  A 9:00 p.m. curfew in Hart County is in effect beginning tonight.