Power outages, bad road conditions continue in Madison County

Nathan Hutchinson/The Register

 

As of Tuesday morning at around 6 a.m., nearly 4,000 Madison Countians were without power.

According to Dustin Heiser, director of the Madison County EMA, the county has seen as many as 6,500 customers without power during the second wave of winter storms which have rocked parts of Central, and Eastern Kentucky.

“We are continuing to progress there,” Heiser said of restoration. “I imagine now with the cold and being night time, that would have slowed down the restoration, but hopefully, in the daytime we will get more going as crews get assigned to these situations.”

In regards to streets and roadways, Heiser referred to a Kentucky Department of Transportation map which depicted slow traffic and congestion on I-75 between exits 83 and 87 going northbound.

In addition, reports showed delayed traffic from the river to Exit 83 southbound, extending past Berea.

“Please if you do not have to be out, do not be out,” Heiser stated. “If you do have to, leave early, take time, slow down, leave plenty of following distance and use extreme caution.”

Heiser advised roads were considerably improved from the early evening hours of last night. However, with Tuesday to bring single-digit temperatures, it would not be long before most would refreeze.

“We are probably seeing refreezing on a lot of secondary roads,” he said. “Crews have been out and treated these roads, but with it being 18 degrees by the time they were treated, they could have refrozen by now.”

For those without power, he advised them to use safe practices with heat and generator sources.

Looking forward, he said the weather has moved out for the time being, which can gives crews a chance to focus on the roads.

“This does not mean that we don’t have another round of bad weather coming on Wednesday, potentially,” he said.

To contact the Madison County EMA hotline for tips or information, dial  (859) 624-4756. 

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