Kentucky Emergency Management
Winter Storm Exits Kentucky Leaving Little Impact

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 16, 2010  
Revision Date:  Saturday, December 18, 2010 
Contact Information:  Contact: Buddy Rogers Office: 502-607-1611 Cell: 502-382-6006  

FRANKFORT, KY.  (December 16, 2010) -  The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has transitioned to Level II at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) as the winter storm that impacted Kentucky through last night and into today exits the state, leaving behind up to six inches of snow in the northern-most counties, and roadways and landscapes covered in ice elsewhere.

At Level II activation, staffing from KYEM and Kentucky National Guard (KYNG) personnel remain on CEOC duty, maintaining increased situational awareness.  

Prior to and during the storm’s impact, local and state government shared information and communications pertaining to the storm and were poised and prepared to take necessary actions to protect the Commonwealth’s communities.  As with this and past storms, Governor Steve Beshear has made it clear that the safety of Kentuckians comes first.

“Our emergency management folks and transportation crews have been working long hours to monitor weather conditions and clear our roadways of snow and ice,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am especially grateful to them for the many hours they have spent to keep our citizens safe during this storm.”

As expected, the winter weather system moved across the Commonwealth yesterday afternoon and throughout the night, bringing a winter mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.  The major impact of this weather system has been on transportation, with a few scattered power outages being reported.  These outages were expected to be short lived as the temperatures continue to warm and crews are able to restore power.

There have been no requests for assistance from county governments.

“We were very fortunate this storm had a lesser impact than its potential.  However, it did provide an opportunity for us to look at our preparations and plans to allow us to continue to improve operations,” said John Heltzel, director of KYEM.