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Gov. Beshear declares state of emergency in response to winter storm

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 16:29:57-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear has announced he has signed a state of emergency in response to the winter storm.

"This winter storm already is causing some very dangerous conditions across much of the state, with iced-over roadways and downed power lines putting our people at risk," Gov. Beshear said. "This declaration will free up funding and boost coordination across agencies as we respond to this weather crisis and work to keep all Kentuckians safe."

The state of emergency directs the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Department of Military Affairs to execute the Kentucky emergency operations plan and coordinate the response across state agencies and private relief groups.

It also directs the Finance and Administration Cabinet to provide funding for the response and authorizes the Division of Emergency Management to request additional resources.

The State of Emergency Operations Center remains activated at Level 3 operations, which consist of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system along with critical emergency support function partners for transportation, law enforcement, power, and utilities.

Governor Beshear says more than 70,000 Kentucky customers are dealing with outages.

Kentuckians are encouraged to visit snowky.ky.gov for travel information and links to follow social media pages for transportation updates.