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Saturday Marks 10 Years Since Deadly Ice Storm Hit The Bluegrass

Posted at 7:54 PM, Jan 26, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Saturday marks the 10 year anniversary of the destructive 2009 ice storm that killed more than 20 people in Kentucky.

Many still remember the ice that coated trees and power lines after that winter storm came barreling into the Bluegrass.

Luckily, huge improvements have been made since then, and emergency management officials say they are now better equipped to handle a storm of that magnitude.

“It sounds like a long time 10 years, but when you are trying to increase capabilities it takes awhile to do training and to buy equipment and to put policies into place, so we are definitely better off and better prepared as a community as a whole than we were in 2009,” said Lexington Emergency Management Director Patricia Dugger.

More than 600 thousand homes and businesses were left without power in the wake of that storm.