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Governor Beshear declares State of Emergency as ice storm moves through parts of Kentucky

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 10:04 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear, Transportation Secretary Jim Gray and Michael Dossett, executive director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management are holding a news conference.

At the beginning of the news conference, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency, which will help deploy additional resources to areas hit hard by the winter weather. “Protecting our Kentucky families is the main mission of my administration and I urge every Kentuckian who can to stay home and off these treacherous roads. We urge all Kentuckians to stay tuned to their local media for information on weather,” said Beshear.

“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,” said Governor Beshear. Most of the down power lines and limbs are reported in central and eastern Kentucky

Multiple vehicle crashes have occurred because of icy roads, downed trees, and power lines.

“Our crews worked overnight and are out in full force treating and plowing to maintain mobility along critical routes,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “The damaging effects of fallen debris and frigid temperatures create additional challenges and delays. It’s going to take days to recover from this event. We plead for the patience of the public and ask for their help by staying off the roads if possible.”

Governor Beshear also announced that all state offices are closed.

You can watch the news conference below:

At the beginning of the news conference, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency, which will help deploy additional resources to areas hit hard by the winter weather.

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