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Estill County Shelter Open, Church Helping Those In Need

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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - Shelters have been set up at the Irvine First Baptist Church and Estill Springs Elementary. Emergency Management officials are asking people to stay off the roads in Estill County. Four people are currently staying overnight at Estill Springs Elementary. Meanwhile, the number of homes reporting damage have nearly doubled.

A Donation Drop-Off Center open until 8 p.m. Friday night at the Christian Worship Center on Broadway Street. 

Items needed include: 

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper)
  • Cleaning supplies (gloves, Clorox, mops, brooms, rakes)
  • Bottled Water
  • Snack Foods (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pop tarts)

They ask that you do not bring clothing as Helping Hands Ministry has plenty of clothes.

Ravenna Christian Church on 7th street is also providing meals for families and workers in need. 

56 years ago, their church was leveled by a storm. But Wednesday, it was untouched. Now they are serving those who weren't as lucky.

Estill County Schools will be closed for the rest of the week due to the extreme storm damage in the Irvine and Ravenna communities.

Viewer photos show structural damage to multiple buildings including several restaurants and businesses. Emergency management is asking people to avoid the 500 Block of Broadway through 7th Street in Ravenna.

At least 18 homes have been destroyed and 175 have been damaged. At least 110 KU customers are still without power.

School officials say that Friday will be a staff work day for all employees and everyone should be at their work sites at 8:30 a.m.  Carhartt, located in Estill County, has even given employees the day off in order for them to help clean up their community.

School will be in session on Monday, March 6 on a regular schedule. 

Storm survey teams say that winds reached between 90-100 mph near the Estill-Madison County line.

Estill County residents that have damage to their property should call 723-6533 and report the damage. Clean-up teams will be out Friday to assist residents with debris removal. If you need assistance with debris removal and live out in the country, please call 723-6533.  

If you would like to volunteer to be on the clean-up crew, please meet at the Ravenna National Guard Armory between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. top be assigned to a crew. 

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