Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo Visits Franklin County & Boyle County to Assess Winter Storm Damage

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Today, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo joined leaders in Franklin County and Boyle County to assess and discuss recent winter storm damage to these Central Kentucky communities.

In Frankfort this morning, the Lieutenant Governor travelled to Boone National Guard Center where he was briefed by center directors as to the storm’s impact on Franklin County. As of Thursday morning, almost 4,000 residents were without electricity, with over 607,000 Kentuckians experiencing power outages statewide. Members of the Kentucky National Guard have been dispatched to assist communities across the Commonwealth struggling with myriad hazardous conditions, including downed power lines and non-functioning traffic signals.

“The outpouring of support and diligent work from National Guard, shelter volunteers and community members across Kentucky has been overwhelming,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “In times of duress, these individuals serve as a reminder that Kentucky’s greatest assets are our friends, neighbors and communities.”

Boyle County also suffered extensive storm damage, including a water shortage and boil water advisory still in effect for Danville and the surrounding area. At the Danville Centenary Church Shelter, Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo met with individuals forced out of their homes by power outages and storm damage. As many as 3,000 Boyle County residents remain without power. This afternoon, the Lieutenant Governor visited local first response officials at the Emergency Operations Center, who are busily working to help individuals on a case-by-case basis as well as ensure overall community safety during this difficult time.

Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo will be travelling tonight to visit shelters in Fayette County and talk with local officials about recovery efforts in the Lexington area.