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Roads and power outages remain issues throughout the state

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 19:18:34-05

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Power lines and poles snapped across hundreds of miles in southern and eastern Kentucky overnight due to the winter storm.

For the second time in less than a week, James Mitchell's house lost electricity.

"The ice started coming down and the next thing we knew, we didn't have power. And then it started snowing. Yeah, it made it rough to get places," said Mitchell. "It was 52 (degrees) in the house when we left this morning so it was pretty cold, but stayed fine underneath the covers."

More than two thousand customers lost power overnight in Montgomery County.

"There's tree limbs everywhere. There's power lines been dropping with tree limbs. Last night, we actually had a power pole dropped across the road," said Greg Beam, Montgomery County's Emergency Management Director.

Beam says there are warming shelters set up across the county. But there remain two more issues: simply getting there, and also keeping people safe at a distance inside.

"Like our locations now, typically we can get 50-60 people in there to stay warm, and now we're limited 10-15," said Beam.

Beam says that if you need somewhere to shelter from the cold, contact the 911 Center at (859) 498-8720.