There were over 100,000 power lines and transformers out just in Louisville, with 650,000+ without power throughout the state of Kentucky. Some of the “backwoods” areas were without power for as long as 2 weeks! The National Guard was called in to walk those areas to check on people. Eight people died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to having generators inside their homes…sad.
The Red Cross had opened Shelters throughout the state. Louisville had three 24 hour Shelters and another 6 Warming Centers that ran from 6am to 6pm. One of the Shelters had over 300 people stay for 8 days. The city looked like a war zone…they hope to have all the tree debris cleaned up by Derby week. Just a few little tidbits of how we handled a “dusting” of snow. “
It doesn’t matter the amount of snow, it is the way the ice builds up on trees that can destroy a power grid in a city like Louisville or on a rural road. I salute the Red Cross, Salvation Army and local communities who are at their best when things are at it’s worst. The true heroes after any disaster are the men and women who put the power lines back in place. Can you imagine what is involved in tracking every line to every home and doing it in the worst weather conditions.
It is more than snow and ice. The devastation from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods is heart-wrenching. If you have a story to share on coping with the worst Mother Nature has to offer, please send it along. How did you deal with the loss of electricity, property damage and other obstacles?